CONTENTS:- Introduction. 1. "Eklavyas with thumbs": animadversions on Dalit literature and aesthetics/S.Z.H. Abidi. 2. Namdeo Dhasal: a Dalit messiah/Sudhir K. Arora. 3. Aesthetics for revolution: Dalit Literature and art/Sanjoy Saksena. 4. Virtue and viciousness in the slumdog millionaire: a literary adaptation and study of character, appetites and temptation/Chetana Pokhriyal. 5. Sing only "The song of man': Dalit sensibility in Namdeo Dhasal's 'Man, You Should Explode'/Surekha Dangwal Kusum Lata. 6. Question of Dalit-equality in Karnad's Tale Danda and Tendulkar's Kanyadan/Gunjan Chaturvedi. 7. Aesthetics of Dalit poetry/Neerav Patel. 8. Datta Bhagat's Whirlpool: the inner and external horizons of Dalit identity/Harbir Singh Randhawa. 9. Politics of pain and suffering: a Dalit perspective/Umed Singh. 10. R.R. Borade's Pachola (fall) as a Dalit narrative/Ranjana Mehrotra. 11. Marginalized voice of Dalits in Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance/Richa Bijaiwan. 12. Dalit literature: the 'Anubhava' (experience) takes precedence over 'Anumana' (Speculation)/Neha Arora. 13. Dalit feminism: a quest to redefine the 'self’ and 'identity' of women/Beena Agarwal. 14. Cry for defenseless and voiceless Dalits in Praveen Gadhvi's poetry volume "The voice of the last'/Ram Sharma. 15. Dalit literature: an echo of black literature/Anju Bala Agrawal. 16. Gujarati Dalit writers Harish Mangalam, Pathik Parmar and Daxa Damodara's stories: a struggle for Dalits' existence and identity/M.B. Gaijan. 17. From oppression to revolt: a study of the poetry of Namdeo Dhasal/Neeta. 18. Aesthetics of Dalit literature: some issues/Shrawan K. Sharma.
This anthology, which unravels the intricacies of Dalit literature, becomes a fusion of textuality and contextuality, activism and aesthetics, and perception and understanding for conceptualizing the aetiological, sociological, economic and literary historicity of Dalits to develop socio-politico-cultural literary methodology for infusing strategic, tactical and assertive thoughts required for socio-cultural, political and literary transformation. The contents, trends and concerns of this generic literature are explored threadbare for tracing out its real impact on the traditional mind-set of the society. No one perspective has been foregrounded rather it becomes a conglomeration of divergent schools of thoughts about different genres of this emerging literature. Every constituent of this literature of action whether by a Dalit or non-Dalit comes under incisive analysis of all scholars to bring home its inherent strength to exterminate the causes of abuses-social, economic physical, verbal, racial, caste, literary and so on.