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There is only Hindu literature now, not Indian literature: Dalit literary icon Sharankumar Limbale

By Saritha S Balan

For Marathi writer and Dalit literary icon Sharankumar Limbale, a Dalit is one who fights against caste. And today, he says, the lines of that fight are much clearer. The rise of the BJP to power, he believes, has brought fascist forces in the country to the fore. This leaves writers in a state of unrest.

“We are no more in a comfortable state. The unrest has been created by the government. We are now more vigilant and hence more creative,” he says, talking to The News Minute after a national seminar on Dalit Literature, Art and Aesthetics, organised by The Institute of English in Thiruvananthapuram. However, says Sharankumar, we could not have reached where we are today if not for the contributions of secular governments, particularly of the Congress, which has failed to strengthen anti-fascist forces despite ruling the country for decades.  “They didn’t really care for social change or for the minorities- caste or economical. In that way, the BJP is government is just the succession of the previous governments,” he added. Read more

Source: The News Minute


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Hamid Dalwai: The man of today’s India


If you care to look a little beyond the famous mangroves that decorate Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra, there lies a story of a man who must be celebrated. Sitting on the banks of Vashishthi River, a village named Mirjoli witnessed the birth of Hamid Dalwai on September 29th, 1932. Little did the village know that this boy, born in to a low-income Marathi-speaking Muslim family, would use the might of his writing to pen some of the most forward thinking views on Muslim politics, in India.

Hamid’s childhood experiences had deeply influenced his writings in the years that followed. Lack of finances, poor health conditions – losing family members to tuberculosis, an instance when he was beaten by his father for singing ‘Vande mataram’, his father’s multiple marriages, all shaped his young mind. He grew up firmly believing that these pitiable conditions in the Muslim community could improve only when men and women were treated equal. Read more