Synoptic View of Urmila Pawar’s ‘Aaidan’
Women, Dalit, gender, caste, struggles, critique, social discrimination, self-affirmative
Women across the globe have been writing works of enduring value particularly Indian women authors to prove their calibre as outstanding and accomplished especially in the field of cause of Dalit writings. Their works are ample testimony to the gender and caste indifferences faced by women in terms of gender and caste. Urmila Pawar, a well reputed Marathi Dalit writer penned Aidan (1988) translated and titled as The Weave Of My Life: A Dalit Woman’s Memoir. Like Wangari Maathai, the ‘spokesperson’ of African women who voiced and championed the cause of women’s rights in her memoir ‘Unbowed’, Pawar’s autobiography too elaborates the life of her family, thus giving the readers a pathetic insight into the life of Dalits. The play is an assessment of social discrimination and delineates the journey of Pawar as a Mahaar, a Dalit woman who fought against caste and gender. The play focuses on Pawar’s experience of caste discrimination at a very young age. The play is a realistic narration of Pawar’s experiences of being a ‘Mahaar’ and caste discrimination. Nonetheless, Buddhism becomes a channel of self-affirmation for Pawar like many Dalits. The play is certainly an embodiment of Dalit consciousness.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 12

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