Joothan: A Dalit’s Life
Cultural Studies

Joothan: A Dalit’s Life

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'Joothan' refers to the scraps left on plates that are then given to Dalits to eat. In some ways it is a symbol of the demeaning existence imposed on the Dalits, for whom autobiography is the preferred genre since it enables them to write of themselves and their communities, of their lived reality. In this book, the second autobiography in Hindi by a Dalit, readers are drawn into world where cruelty and deprivation seem to be the only reality, and they become aware of the complexities of caste oppression. Omprakash Valmiki talks of growing up in a village in north India in an untouchable caste, Chuhra, well before the defiant term 'Dalit' was coined. It is a story of survival, of terrible grief and oppression, of surmounting great odds to emerge as a freer human being.
‘How come we were never mentioned in any epic? Why didn’t an epic poet ever write a word on our lives?’

Published by: SamyaPublication Date: 2007
Translated from:Joothan (Hindi)
ISBN Code:978-81-85604-6-30