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From Postcolonial Irony to Dalit Truth

A Perspective on Experience

The paper, in three parts, examines the question of lived experience and Dalit subjectivity in a caste society. The first part argues that the signature postcolonial concepts like “plurality” of lifeworlds as postcolonial historical “difference” fail to provide a method to read Dalit politics outside the framework of irony. The second part critically evaluates existing debates on experience/theory as a necessary precondition for Dalit subjectivity. The paper ends with a speculative reading of “Ambedkar thought” as a decision that creates an ontological separation from the Hindu social. It argues that such subjective decision is prior to experience/theory—it is only through separation that one recognises an experience.

The author is grateful to Vidhu Verma, Mousumi Mandal, Aparna Agarwal and Soumick De for their comments and encouragement that helped improve this paper.
 

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Published On : 12th Jan, 2024

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