A general analysis of dalit literature with the references to Bama’s works
Author(s): Chhotu Paswan
Abstract: Bama’s novels are basically based on caste and gender discrimination. They portray caste-discrimination practised in Christianity and Hinduism. Bama’s works are seen as embodying Dalit feminism and are famed for celebrating the inner strength of the subaltern women. It is remarkable to note that “untouchability is one of the greatest evils our country has been facing from the time immemorial”. The pathetic picture of the untouchables who are deprived of gaining knowledge has no right to go to the temple, no liberty to listen to the incantations of the Vedas or great Scriptures, deprived of the right of reading and studying the language Sanskrit, which is supposed to be the richest language of the world. So, one of the causes of the degeneration of Sanskrit language is untouchability and perhaps this is why many great personalities have given a scathing attack on the casttiest mentality of India. But in spite of their best efforts and many Constitutional Provisions, untouchability is still seen somewhere in direct form and elsewhere in a subdued way. Dalit women are one of the most marginalized segments in the society.