Liberating self and community

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Liberating self and community. Dalit literature of late has created a strong impact on the Indian literary front. In a panel discussion moderated by Dr Sunita Rani, professor University of Hyderabad, noted novelists in Tamil, Bama and Sivakami spoke about Dalit voices in literature.

Dalit literature of late has created a strong impact on the Indian literary front. In a panel discussion moderated by Dr Sunita Rani, professor University of Hyderabad, noted novelists in Tamil, Bama and Sivakami spoke about Dalit voices in literature.

“I have started writing to liberate myself and my community. My writing is manifestation my own experiences. What I saw, I was subjected reflect in my books. I started writing initially as a therapy to heal self, later it was turned into a weapon to fight injustice,” shares Bama.
Bama hopes to create an impact in her own community through her words. “Liberation should happen for both, the dominant and the dominated. The fight is not for human rights, it is fight for basic rights one is entitled as a human,” quips Bama.
Sivakami accepted the criticism that Dalit literature doesn’t have literary merit. In her defence she said, “More than the literary merit, it is the struggle that matters.” She hopes that her works helps to break social stigma attached. “We don’t want sympathy, our fight is for rights,” she said as a parting shot.
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