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A Dalit History

A Dalit History

(Penguin Petit)

Meena Kandasamy
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Babasaheb Ambedkar, one of the most important voices to have spoken against caste discrimination, was also the father of the Indian Constitution. Juxtapose this against the various caste-based attacks happening in the country today and a very different picture of India seems to be developing seventy years since freedom.

After Rohith Vemula’s suicide sparked protests and outrage across the country, questions about discrimination against Dalits and other castes have once again come to the forefront. With its long history of caste-based politics, it remains a sore subject that India still cannot properly address.

Meena Kandasamy in ‘He Has Left Us Only His Words’ and Gopal Guru in ‘For Dalit History Is Not Past But Present’ write about why even education in India still functions in the shadow of caste-politics, and how India has never really escaped its past. Read on, to find out more.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Aug/2017

Length : 10 Pages

MRP : ₹15.00

A Dalit History

(Penguin Petit)

Meena Kandasamy

Babasaheb Ambedkar, one of the most important voices to have spoken against caste discrimination, was also the father of the Indian Constitution. Juxtapose this against the various caste-based attacks happening in the country today and a very different picture of India seems to be developing seventy years since freedom.

After Rohith Vemula’s suicide sparked protests and outrage across the country, questions about discrimination against Dalits and other castes have once again come to the forefront. With its long history of caste-based politics, it remains a sore subject that India still cannot properly address.

Meena Kandasamy in ‘He Has Left Us Only His Words’ and Gopal Guru in ‘For Dalit History Is Not Past But Present’ write about why even education in India still functions in the shadow of caste-politics, and how India has never really escaped its past. Read on, to find out more.

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Meena Kandasamy

MEENA KANDASAMY is a poet, writer, activist and translator. She was a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2009, a Charles Wallace India Trust fellow at the University of Kent, and a visiting fellow at Newcastle University in 2011. She was editor of the Dalit, a bi-monthly English magazine. Meena has published two collections of poetry, Touch (2006) and Ms Militancy (2010); a novel, The Gypsy Goddess (2014); and co- authored (with M. Nisar) a biography of Kerala’s foremost Dalit revolutionary, Ayyankali.