My Father Balliah


Author: Y.B. Satyanarayana

9789350290750 | PB | pp. 236 | 2011 | HarperCollins Publishers

My Father Baliah is the extraordinary story of a Dalit family in Southern India — a story of great hardship and greater resilience.

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Poised to inherit a huge tract of land gifted by the Nizam to his father, twenty-one-year-old Narsiah loses it to a feudal lord. This triggers his migration from Vangapally, his ancestral village in the Karimnagar District of Telangana – the single most important event that would free his family and future generations from caste oppression. Years later, it saves his son Baliah from the fate reserved for most Dalits: a life of humiliation and bonded labour. A book written with the desire to make known the inhumanity of untouchability and the acquiescence and internalization of this condition by the Dalits themselves, Y.B. Satyanarayana chronicles the relentless struggle of three generations of his family in this biography of his father. A narrative that derives its strength from the simplicity with which it is told, My Father Baliah is a story of great hardship and greater resilience.

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About the Author

The author hails from a poor Dalit family. He is the sixth child born to Baliah and his wife Narsamma. Dr Satyanarayana completed a master of science from Osmania University in 1971 and began teaching first at the Government Junior College, Nirmal, and then moved toa private college. At thirty-three, he became the principal of Dharmavant College of Science and Commerce, Hyderabad, a post he held until his retirement twenty-five years later. For over three decades, he taught chemistry, a subject in which he also took a PhD. As an academic, he has been part of several governing bodies, including the executive councils of Kakatiya University and Osmania University.

A staunch follower of Dr Ambedkar’s teachings, he began to take a keen interest in Dalit literature and history in the early 1990s, and started studying the progress of Dalits in various fields. On 14 October 2006, along with thousands of other Dalits, he gave up Hinduism and embraced Buddhism. He is currently the president of the Centre for Dalit Studies, Hyderabad.


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