Portrayal of Dalit Life in Baburao Bagulâ€™s Fictional World
Baburao Bagulâ€™s novels from Pavsha to Kondi record the pitiable conditions and the harrowing pangs of Dalit people and women in the pre and post independence era. His novels mirror the Hindu society and its connection to the Varna system which results into the division of the society and poses serious threats to unity and the sovereignty of the country as a nation. He records the rigidity in the Hindu culture, customs, traditions which fracture the psyche of the Hindu people and result into the severe problems. His novels probe into the reasons of the enforced segregation, discrimination, subjugation and the degradation of the women and the depressed classes. This paper is an attempt to explore how the Varna system critically affects the lives of Dalits and relegate their existence to the lesser human beings. Bagul highlights caste oppression, sexism, classism, orthodoxy, religious violence and terrorism, poverty, illiteracy and superstitions having its origin in the exploitation of Dalits by the upper castes in Hindu religion. The present paper explores this reality depicted in the fictional world of prolific Marathi writer Baburao Bagul and voices the voiceless to expose the extremist elements and fascist forces in Hindu society.