The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

A Dalit's Life

B. Kesharshivam

9788185604879

Samya, Kolkata, 2011

307 pages

Price INR 350.00
Book Club Price INR 263.00
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This is how B. Lesharshivam describes the quintessential experiences of the life of a dalit.
In the sixty years after independence, many believe that much has changed for dalits. The author himself, born and raised in poverty in the dalit moholla of Kalol in north Gujarat, pased the Gujara Public Service Examinations to become a mamlatdar, a revenue officer, and finally a class 1 officer who held many signficant postings including comptroller of the household to the governor of Gujarat. Yet, as he says. 'At every step in life I was made aware of being a dalit.'
Translated from the Gujarati original, Purnasatya, this is the first autobiography of a dalit in Gujarati. Beginning with his life as a child who plays in the dust of the bone meal factory. where he later works, going on to labour with his parents in the 'cotter mill', the book present a non-sentimental account of a childhood where friendships exist, sometimes across castes, and discrimination and abuse are constants. The second part of his story relates to his working life, his struggles on behalf of the dalits and the tribla populations against a backdrop of continuous discrimination. As the author questions accepted norms and verities, he forces readers to confront themselves.

B. Kesharshivam

B. Kesharshivam is the pen name of B.S. Jadav, which he coined by combining his parents' names and placing Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's first initial in front. He has written many novels and short stories, getting published while he was in school. His autobiography won the Dasi Jivan award of the Government of Gujarat, 2003.