Designation : Department of English, M.M.E.S. Women’s Arts and Science College, Melvisharam

    Journal Name : Reserach maGma

    Publication Date : 11/10/2017

    Abstract :
    “The blight of caste discrimination , under which millions in India are regarded as ‘Untouchable’ has spread to this country virtually unnoticed”. --- Koith Porteus Wood. The word ‘Dalit’ comes from Sanskrit and it means “Down Trodden” ,‘Suppressed’, ‘Crushed’, or ‘Broken to pieces’. The term ‘Dalit’ literally means ‘oppressed’ and is used to refer to the ‘Untouchable’ casteless sects of India. Mahatma Gandhi called them ‘Harijans’ which was translated roughly as ‘Children of God’. Dalit have been depending upon the nature since centuries. Their culture and tradition can’t be narrated without natural resources. This discussion will be confined to the cultural history of Dalit and their relationship with natural resources. The aim of the paper is to improve our understanding on the issues relevant to the history and culture of Dalit [the ancient “ Todas of Nilgiri Hills”.

    Keywords :
    Dalit History, Culture

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