ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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A Milestone in Dalit Writing

Omprakash Valmiki, who contributed so much to Hindi literature, and especially to dalit literature, was a contemporary of another great dalit poet, Namdeo Dhasal, who wrote in Marathi. Even their deaths were separated by just a month. However, Valmiki's writings and death, unlike that of Dhasal were largely unnoticed by the English media. Valmiki's account of dalit life in his autobiography Joothan is unsurpassed in its portrayal of the pain and humiliation that casteism infl icts on its victims.

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