Erasure to Assertion: Dalit Women in Bama’s Sangati

  • Dr. Khagendra Sethi
Keywords: Dalit, Margins, Erasure, Discrimination, Gender, Subjugation, Assertion


It’s a matter of great regret to note that women even in this century play second fiddle to men. The condition of marginalized women in this context is quite inexplicable. Many writers have tried to focus their attention on this unfortunate section of the society. A number of authors have emerged over the recent years to represent them as they are so as to elevate their condition and way of life but no such spectacular improvement is marked in the society so far.Bama through her novel Sangati has made her voice more articulate over the deplorable plight of the Dalits in general and the subjugated people of Tamil Nadu in particular. The paper will also try to show the three fold discriminations that these marginalized in their day to day life. Here, Bama has not just portrayed these characters as victims, rather, they have come forward to assert their existence and have put up strong protest whenever they are humiliated and discriminated. Their voice becomes more distinct, serious and acute when they raise concern over the unjust issues they face in life. The author has given a concrete picture of the life of these female characters who maintain their life as worse as their generations of ancestors put together.


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Author Biography

Dr. Khagendra Sethi

Dr. Khagendra Sethi is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha. He has numerous publications in journals and edited volumes of national and international repute. With research interests spanning across American literature, Dalit literature, and Postcolonial narratives, he has supervised and guided the research works of many MPhil and PhD scholars.


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How to Cite
Sethi, D. K. “Erasure to Assertion: Dalit Women in Bama’s Sangati”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 11, no. 1, Feb. 2024, pp. 24-36,
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