• THE SUBALTERN CAN SPEAK: VOICE OF THE VOICELESS IN SIVAKAMI’S THE GRIP OF CHANGE


    Designation : PG Student, Ethiraj College for Women, Egmore, Chennai


    Journal Name : Reserach maGma


    Publication Date : 11/10/2017




    Abstract :
    The aim of this paper is to bring out the position of the oppressed in the Indian society and the sufferings of Dalit women that reflected in Sivakami’s ‘The Grip of Change’. Basically, Indian society is caste based group where the upper castes exploit the lower caste. Human beings are categorized in the name of caste. The novel, The Grip Change, throws light in the inter-caste sexual relations. The issues of Dalit women are still neglected by patriarchal Dalit movement, although Dalit movement started in mid 19th century for the upliftment of the marginalized communities. The plight of a Dalit becomes more pathetic when a Dalit is especially a woman. She has to face not only the caste discrimination but the gender inequalities and economic disparities too. In this novel, a Dalit woman is three marginalized- by caste-Hindu men, caste-Hindu women and Dalit men simultaneously. P.Sivakami realistically portrayed the existing caste discrimination and highlights the sensitive issues of Dalit woman and how she is socially, economically and sexually exploited by the so called “the caste Hindus”, particularly in the post independence era.


    Keywords :
    Oppressed, Patriarchal, Marginalized, discrimination, Exploited.


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