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From Postcolonial Irony to Dalit Truth

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.

Himachal Pradesh: Appropriating Images from Village Life

Social and economic relations are often structured around long prevailing traditions or the 'culture' of a region. In a rapidly globalising world, such traditions are under threat as the momentum for greater homogenisation of culture builds up. This essay looks at three villages, diversely populated, whose lives are essentially built around traditions surrounding the local deity. It is such little traditions that reinforce subsistence among the population that are now increasingly under threat.

Women Writing

Storylines: Conversations with Women Writers edited by Ammu Joseph, Vasanth Kannabiran, Ritu Menon, Gouri Salvi, Volga; published by Women’s World(India), Delhi, and Asmita Resource Centre for Women, Hyderabad, 2003; pp 312, Rs 250. Tense Past, Tense Present: Women Writing in English edited by Joel Kurotti; published by Stree, an imprint of Bhatkal and Sen, Kolkata, 2003; pp 235, Rs 450.

The Need to Be Heard

Voices of the Poor: Crying Out for Change by Deepa Narayan, Robert Chambers, Meera K Shah, Patti Petesch; Oxford University Press, 2000; pp 314
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