Shiji Ibrahim U
Guest Lecturer in English (MES Asmabi College)
The lotus flower blooms from the mud beneath. The mud of adversity never belittles its beauty. On the other hand it rises above all its unfavourable sorroundings and blossoms into an enchanting flower of purity and charm. Dalit women writers are like these lotus flowers. They have lived their lives in agony, misery, oppression and subjugation. Born as a Dalit itself sounds synonymous with discrimination, so being born as a Dalit woman is really a double challenge. In a country like India, women have lots of restrictions in the society. In rural India especially the barriers are bit more rigid. In such a situation a Dalit woman getting educated is a strenuous job. Even though a few of them succeeded to get themselves educated and have come out with their brilliant sparks of activism through their writings. They wrote for the emancipation of Dalit, to make them aware of the pathetic situation they have been living in. Their works are characterized by pretty distinct autobiographical voice, and of course a strong invocation for womanhood to free themselves from the invisible chains of oppression.