Monday, November 01, 2004

'Include Dalit studies in English literature'

PATNA: The second day of the two-day workshop on emerging Dalit studies organised by Deshkal Society concluded with the speakers demanding inclusion of Dalit studies in English literature. K Satyanarayan of Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, said that there was a need to re-evaluate colonial influences and portrayal of issues related to Dalits.

Prathma Banerjee's paper focussed on how all theories of change till today required a sense of progression and explanation. Banerjee's paper posed a question whether there is need to rethink our sense of change itself and of history therefore, in order to truly engage with what contemporary politics has thrust on us caste. Another speaker, Braj Ranjan Mani, said that Dalit study involved the whole society and the entire gamut of pedagogy and politics of knowledge production came under its purview.

Source: The Times of India, Noevmber 1, 2004

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