ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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‘New’ Dalit Women and Their ‘Improper’ Politics

Dalit Women: Vanguard of an Alternative Politics in India edited by S Anandhi and Karin Kapadia, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2017; pp xviii + 350, ₹995.

Amchya Jalmachi Chittarkatha (The Bioscope of Our Lives): Who Is My Ally?

This paper questions the commonly-held view by mainstream feminists and some dalit men that dalit women are somehow more "liberated" than high caste women. I argue that dalit women also face patriarchal oppression, though it has a specific quality. Under such circumstances, who is a dalit woman's ally? The essay focuses on the penumbra of debilitating circumstances, which call for a further understanding of the particular context of dalit femininity and oppressed sexuality.
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