International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 6, Issue 8, Part B (2020)
The theme of retaliation for women empowerment in Bama’s Karukku
In an era where human rights and awareness of Dalits are pervasive issues, literary depictions of the experiences of marginalised groups of people have gained exceptional importance. The recent explode in Dalit literature is an effort to bring the experiences of caste discrimination, poverty agony, violence and subjugation faced by the marginalised sections. These experiences have been silenced and marginalised as unliterary. The growing corpus of Dalit texts including autobiographies, novels and poetry seeks to ratify this truth while describing the nuances of Dalit cultures. These texts which have for centuries been relegated to the margins, offer a challenge to literary aesthetics, with its Caste and Gender bias, has for long been masquerading as universal.
Bama’s revelations in Karukku examines the current socio-economic status of Dalit Christians. The paucity of scientific date on the exact level of deprivation of Dalit Christians, however, remains a major challenge to understand the picture at a disaggregated level. Bama is struggling to find herself again. Bama followed a friend’s advice and started to write her childhood memoirs. She also created her pen name ‘Bama’ a blend of different sounds from her Christian name. She completed the book in six months. It consists of nine chapters. This slim volume, a semi-fictional account of the growing awareness of a Dalit, created a stir in literary circles for its uninhibited language and bold vocabulary.
How to cite this article:
Chhotu Paswan. The theme of retaliation for women empowerment in Bama’s Karukku. Int J Appl Res 2020;6(8):124-126.