Liberation Beyond Boundaries: Liberation Through Suffering - A Journey Through Omprakash Valmiki’s Autobiography


  • Joby Joseph Assistant Professor Department of English K E College, Mannanam, Kottayam, Kerala


Dalit Literature forms an important and distinct part of Indian Literature. Dalit writing has been described as one of the manifestations of post modernism in Indian literature. However the acquisition of the post modernist idiom, modes and attitude has not been uniform in Dalit Literature. Dalit Literature emerged in the 1960s starting with Marathi language and soon it moved to Hindi, Kannada, Telugu and Tamil languages through Poems, Short stories, and Autobiographies which stood out due to their stark portrayal of reality and the Dalit political scene. Autobiographies are part of a literary genre that brings personal accounts of life in the public domain. They incite others too to relate to their human emotions and circumstances with the lived-up reality of the autobiography-writer. Dalit writers called them as a narrative of pain and descriptions of historical truth.  Most of the Dalit Autobiographies try to point out the crux of their basic themes through the idea that caste operates through its various religious and psychological methods which deprived Dalits’ basic human rights. The Society has a canon, culture and a custom and the Dalits are totally expelled from those cultural, traditional and canonical ways of life. They need liberation. They desire freedom of expression and freedom in life. Their suffering life was a question mark to the society. It was pathetic, painful and provoking too. The Dalits were treated worse than animals. Their presence was banned from upper-class localities. Even their time and space was sealed and locked! Arjun Dangle gives a harrowing picture of their wretchedness in a poem entitled ‘Revolution’:


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Joseph, J. (2018). Liberation Beyond Boundaries: Liberation Through Suffering - A Journey Through Omprakash Valmiki’s Autobiography. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 6(12), 11. Retrieved from