Karukku Analysis

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A Dawnless Night – Touch-Me-Notism as one of the Dimensions of Anthropocentrism: A Study of Bama’s Karukku
M. Divya, Assistant Professor of English, Dr. G. R. Damodaran College of Science, Coimbatore
Dalit is a Marathi word, “dala” meaning “of the soil or the earth”. Another meaning is “that which is rooted in the soil”. Dalit is a self designation for a group of people of South Asian descent who were traditionally regarded as untouchables or low castes. Dalits are those who are oppressed like the hill people, neo-Buddhists, labourers, destitute farmers, women and all those who have been exploited politically, economically in the society. There are separate streets for each community which says that different caste people lived there. The low caste people are not allowed to walk into the street where the upper castes walk. This elision between the individual and the Community is dramatized in all the chapters of Karukku.
Bama, as one of the pioneering Dalit writers from Tamilnadu and being condemned by the society, began writing her autobiography Karukku to stop herself from dying. Her contribution to Dalit literature is significant. Karukku is the first autobiography of its kind to appear in Tamil, for Dalit writing. Since the novel is concerned with the single issue of caste oppression within the village, the author has presented her life as a process of lonely self-discovery and spiritual identity. Atlast she has decided to live for the downtrodden to have a new and just
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