Dr. G. Srilatha,
Reader in English,
P.B. Siddhartha College of Arts and Science
Dalit literature has emerged as an important area in the post-colonial India. The major focus of Dalit literature is on the community. Dalit writings are based on the sufferings of the oppressed class. They emphasize on the struggle that they undergo due to oppression and suppression by the upper class people. A dalit woman undergoes two types of suffering, one that she is a women and the other that she belongs to a lowest community. It is these sufferings that Bama focuses in Sangati. Sangati is a series of events that narrates the lives of Dalit women who face the double disadvantage of caste and gender discrimination. Dalit women are marginalised, discriminated, humiliated and harassed both by their men folk and by the society. Bama through meticulous narration, voices out how the way patriarchy works with Dalit women. Men in their community are free from all sorts of responsibilities whereas women are over-burdened with endless toil throughout the day. Bama portrays the realistic picture of dalit women who hardly retards irrespective of her being treated violently by their fathers, brothers or husbands.
Key Words: Dalit, Patriarchy, Oppression, Paraiyas, Pey, Christianity.