Analysis Of Spivak's Can The Subaltern Speak

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INTRODUCTION English is a vast reservoir of translation in contemporary India. It is no longer a colonial language but, it is increasingly a conduit language. This language has today a certain inescapable presence. More English translating have been published in India in recent times than ever before. A person who was able to read the language, and enjoyed the original may find no translation satisfactory, whereas someone who cannot, is likely to regard readibility in English is the prime requisite. In every branch or various sections of literature- be it fiction, drama, biography, poetry, drama, novels, short stories, literary criticism, Indian literature has a tremendous variety to offer. Nearly every major Indian language has a rich tradition…show more content…
Although Spivak acknowledges the "epistemic violence" done upon Indian subalterns, she suggests that any attempt from the outside to ameliorate their condition by granting them collective speech invariably will encounter the following problems: a logo centric assumption of cultural solidarity among a heterogeneous people, and a dependence upon western intellectuals to "speak for" the subaltern condition rather than allowing them to speak for…show more content…
Although, Dukhi could not complain about the exploitation he was facing at the hands of the Pandiji but after his death his corpse became the mouth piece of all the sub alterns. His body had the power to disturb a higher caste being and provoke him to move it away. The presence of Dukhi's corpse is a symbol that even the body of a lower caste person is equally significant as that of a Pandit or any higher caste person. The body of the Brahmin is similar and equal to the body of a Dalit. Initially, the Pandit was unaffected by Dukhi's death but, the Gond wanted to make his death symbolic and so he wanted that Pandit to feel something upon the death of this sub-altern. The end of the story intensifies Dukhi's plight and at last the Pandit had to do something for this poor tanner by dragging his corpse away which was in complete contrast to his daily activities. Also, the Gond emerged out as the voice of the sub alterns and was successful in breaking the norms of the
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