Dalit Lekhika

Women's Writings from Bengal

Edited by Kalyani Thakur Charal, Sayantan Dasgupta

9789381345122

Stree, 2020

Language: English

164 pages

Price INR 500
Book Club Price INR 400
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Let us create a rebellious isle
From the atoms of conscience.
Let us all summon
Clouds of thunderstorms
And fierce cyclones.
[...]
Come! You people of soil!
Break free from oppression and turmoil.
Heat your iron-resolution
In the embers of the fire
That glows fiercely in your hearts.

- Manju Bala

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Let us create a rebellious isle
From the atoms of conscience.
Let us all summon
Clouds of thunderstorms
And fierce cyclones.
[...]
Come! You people of soil!
Break free from oppression and turmoil.
Heat your iron-resolution
In the embers of the fire
That glows fiercely in your hearts.

- Manju Bala

This selection from Bangla writing comprises of translated short stories and poems penned by Bengali Dalit women. Until a few decades back, Bangla Dalit literature was written primarily by men who were constantly negated by the mainstream publishers. Compelled to publish their own works in forms of literary journals, little magazines, and collected anthologies; which also offered space for fellow Dalit women writers to bring out their tales. Literary Magazines run by women played a key role in encouraging more writers. Kalyani Thakur Charal and Sayatan Dasgupta have brought together the focus on gender-caste and gender-class relationships with the language of Dalit Bengali women which has been overlooked and deliberately omitted for far too long.

Kalyani Thakur Charal

Kalyani Thakur Charal is a poet turned novelist and editor of Neer Rituparna. She has been appointed as a member of the Bangla Dalit Sahitya Academy.

Sayantan Dasgupta

Sayantan Dasgupta is Associate Professor Professor of Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur