Department of English
University of Delhi
Dalit literature in contemporary India being talked and discussed is multilingual and the translations in English particularly, shapes our understanding of the term dalit and the literature associated with this deprived class of the Indian society. This paper of mine intends to focus on the translational works from Bangla and Hindi Dalit fiction into English which present different ideologies and perceptions of dalits. The texts discussed in this paper are Ajay Navaria’s Unclaimed Terrain (2013) and Indranil Acharya and Sankar Prasad Singha’s Survival and other stories (2012). Several short stories from these anthologies will be talked about in this paper which will lead to the argument that a strong-willed dalit defy all oppressions and rise above their level of low and discriminated sect. The identity crisis of a dalit and the social construct of caste attached to them remains attached even after death, even though one rises above the discrimination by the upper caste people, the tag of a low caste never leaves a dalit. The survival instincts and overcoming all odds of the society is what a dalit does all through life and this will be the main discussion in my paper.
Keywords: dalit, survival, identity, discrimination, translation.