ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Beyond the Coherence of Identities: A Reading of Sedal

Dalit writings in Tamil while producing a new collectivity are silent about the power play within the community in terms of gender or sub-caste dynamics. Imaiyam's novel Sedal shows that neither power nor powerlessness is absolute and that there are limits to the powerlessness of the untouchables too. The dalits often oppress the sub-castes which are lower in the hierarchy and even within the dalit communities common suffering does not produce a singular dalit identity.

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