CONFRONTING CASTE, CLASS AND GENDER
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I have the satisfaction of knowing that
whatever I longed for—a full meal, an education, a roof over
my head, self-respect—I have been able to bring all that
within the reach of many of my people.
the struggle of a Dalit woman in Telengana to survive
and acquire an education in the face of overwhelming odds—grinding poverty,
discrimination, violence. Her determination to go back
to work for her community, her hard-won success, despite lack
of political backing, and the hostility and intolerance she faced
are testimony to the triumph of the human spirit. Without a trace
of self-pity or rancour she recalls her life with dispassionate
clarity and an irony that are exceptional.
is one among countless Dalit women in
Telengana who battled starvation and discrimination for an education
that she knew would change her life. She set up her own organisation,
Rural Awareness and Development Society, committed to fighting for
Dalits, minor girls, women and tribals. She was awarded the Resourceful
Women Award of Merit from the Shaler Adams Foundation in 1994 and Swara
Veda Charity—Spirit of Life Award of Appreciation by the
NTR Memorial Trust in 2011.
is a renowned feminist writer and founding member of Asmita
Resource Centre for Women. She has written extensively on the
political dimensions of gender. She has also written and produced four
ballets, Menakaa, Peace on Earth, Ahalya and Gandhari. Her next, Rajasimha,
is forthcoming. She is the author of A Grief to Bury: Memories of Love,
Work & Loss (2011).