Dalit Literature-The Grip of Change by P.Sivagami
Keywords:Downtrodden, liberation, Patriarchy.
Dalit liberation has been a myth due to the concept of purity and castes by sacred scriptures of Hindu religion and culture. ‘Dalit’, a Sanskrit word which means ‘broken and downtrodden’. It portrays the scheduled castes as the untouchables and the Harijans. The pioneers who worked for the liberation are JYOTIBA PHULE, PERIYAR AND AMBEDKAR etc., situation of the Dalit women in India needs special attention. They are facing three discriminations; gender, because of patriarchy; class, from the poorest, the lowest caste, as ‘untouchables’. Dalit women are discriminated against not only by people of higher castes, but also within their own communities. They are facing verbal abuse and sexual epithets, being forced to drink urine and faeces etc. The sufferings and the oppression which they undermined, has been portrayed by P. SIVAGAMI in her novel THE GRIP OF CHANGE.
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