CONTENTS:- Preface; Introduction; Political consciousness and literary expression; Dalit consciousness and movement; Premchand to Mannu Bhandari: critical analysis; Mohan Dass Naimishray to recent writings towards empowerment; Dalit politics and literature: future trends;
The Dalit movements in India have occupied significant place in the history of social movements as well as in the discourse of social sciences. These movements have addressed numerous issues that facilitate to understand and analyse Indian polity. The literary expression of political consciousness and movements among or for the Dalits in North India is the new emerging trend. This trend has served enormously to the cause and widened its constituency. The book explores relationship between politics and literature with a critical analysis of texts from the Hindi literature both by Dalits and non-Dalits. It underlines not only the major issues and concerns of the movements but also to demonstrate that political consciousness is also expressed through many more innovative and creative methods like art and literature.