Joothan: An Untouchable's Life (BOK)

Omprakash Valmiki, Arun Prabha Mukherjee

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Omprakash Valmiki describes his life as an untouchable, or Dalit, in the newly independent India of the 1950s. "Joothan" refers to scraps of food left on a plate, destined for the garbage or animals. India's untouchables have been forced to accept and eat joothan for centuries, and the word encapsulates the pain, humiliation, and poverty of a community forced to live at the bottom of India's social pyramid. Although untouchability was abolished in 1949, Dalits continued to face discrimination, economic deprivation, violence, and ridicule. Valmiki shares his heroic struggle to survive a preordained life of perpetual physical and mental persecution and his transformation into a speaking subject under the influence of the great Dalit political leader, B. R. Ambedkar. A document of the long-silenced and long-denied sufferings of the Dalits, Joothan is a major contribution to the archives of Dalit history and a manifesto for the revolutionary transformation of society and human consciousness.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2008 Forfatter Arun Prabha Mukherjee, Omprakash Valmiki
Forlag
University Press Group Ltd
ISBN 9780231129732
Antall sider 208 Dimensjoner 21cm x 14cm x 1,1cm
Vekt 272 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Biography: general, Social classes