Surviving in My World: Growing up Dalit in Bengal
Author: Manohar Mouli Biswas
Translated and edited by Angana Dutta, Jaydeep Sarangi
9789381345092 | PB | pp. 158 | 2015 | Bhatkal and Sen
Surviving My World is an autobiography which gives us insights into the Namasudras of Bengal, considered outcasts, and their struggles.
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From 1872, the namashudhras began to mobilize politically and later opposed the Congress-led nationalist movements. Undergirding their political assertion was the evolution of the Matua religious sect, which questioned the caste system and instilled the ides of self-worth. Writing movingly about his deprived childhood, where his single-minded search for education is remarkable, Biswas depicts a people facing a precarious existence with solidarity that encompassed Muslims. The interview in the second part of the book throws light on Biswas’s activism, accomplishments and reflections on Partition as a Dalit refugee.
Manohar Mouli Biswas
Bhatkal and Sen
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