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Omprakash Valmiki (30 June – 17 November ) was an Indian Dalit writer and poet. well known for his autobiography, Joothan, considered a. But Omprakash Valmiki’s Joothan is written from the personal experiences of dalit who rises to prominence from his marginalized presence. Omprakash. Omprakash Valmiki is a great poet and short story writer in Hindi Dalit Literature. “ Joothan” is an autobiographical account of his miserable birth.

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What signs of caste discrimination are portrayed in Joothan? For decades after that, the dalits continued to face discrimination, economic deprivation, violence, and ridicule. If anything is left then it is your work, otherwise no one remembers anyone. What I didn’t like about this book was the translation.

But courage and dedication valmlki hard to be broken.

“Joothan: A Dalit’s Life” by Omprakash Valmiki. A Book Review

The moment they find out your caste, everything changes. Reload Please fill the above code for verification. Autobiography, as you know, is a conscious literary genre that deals with the varied dimensions of personality of the subject. Better editing would have made it much better reading. He lived in a perpetual fear and nervousness of getting subjected to violence by other Tyagi students and teachers.

Omprakash Valmiki’s Joothan by Ratan Bhattacharjee

Ambedkar on the question of freedom and independence. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. And quite appropriately they begin by examining the location and socio-political stance of the existing literature in vlamiki to Dalits. Never indulgent in menial works, Omprakash found it disgraceful to scavenging, reaping and disposing dead cattle. On the one side there was a pond and the other side there were high walls of the brick jooyhan of the Tagas. He orders the frail boy to sweep the school compound day after day.


They were openly abused in the classroom by the teacher and often beaten up as well. Open Preview See a Problem? For thousands of years, the oppressed of India had only been spoken about and spoken for by outsiders lacking any real knowledge of their lives—indeed, usually by those with a vested interest in preserving the status quo, with its imbalance of power against the Dalits.

The translation from Hindi allows a view from the Dalit perspective; rather than other such biographies which have been largely transcribed or mediate by either upper caste or foreign writers. To ask other readers questions valmki Joothanplease valmioi up.

Om Prakash through his work highlights the importance of literature in providing a platform for disseminating knowledge about Dalit lives and their experiences.

Told as a series of piercing vignettes, Joothan is also a remarkable record of a rare Indian journey, one that took a boy from extremely wretched socioeconomic conditions to joothah.

He studied in the light of a lantern in his intensely noisy neighborhood. Omprakash Valmiki is a great poet and short story writer in Hindi Dalit Literature.

RJ’s Vault 3 November at No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! One day the Headmaster asked Valmiki to climb the teak tree and break some twigs and make a broom. This book is no different. Although the translation provides a glimpse, I hope joothah read the original unfiltered and unrestrained narrative.


It compels the reader to think, question, and rebel. But despite all that, I think it is an important book that everyone would do well to read at least once.

Mar 09, Noma rated it really liked it. I also wish the book had spent more time discussing potential alliances between Dalits and Muslims, and the extent to which untouchability was also practiced against Muslims.

The Dance of 17 Lives. May be because things have improved in the 40 odd years since. Joothan is the portrayal of a Dalit’s family backgroundsocial systemeducation and life in the caste-ridden north India. But the headmaster found him out and asked him to sweep. A document of the long-silenced and long-denied sufferings of the Dalits, Joothan is a major contribution to the archives of Dalit history and a manifesto for the revolutionary transformation of society and human consciousness.

I grew up in the central Indian city of Gwalior until I left home for college. He was not allowed to drink even water. They thought that he had no right to education and he must do the work of sweeper in the village.