Talisman: Extreme Emotions of Dalit Liberation
Translated from the Tamil by Meena Kandasamy
demy octavo pb 216pp Feb 2004 ISBN 81-85604-68-1 Rs 200
As the leader of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal, the Liberation Panthers, Thiumaavalavan brings the passion of his commitment to social justice to these speeches that have been translated from Tamil into English for the first time. Fighting for the basic rights of the people of the cheris, the slums, the humble folk who get trampled on, murdered or raped at will because of the caste system, now bolstered by the ideology of Hindutva, these speeches get to the heart of the prevailing injustice in India's democracy. Many of the atrocities have not been reported in the media, and thus the book provides a valuable record of what is taking place.
Thirumaavalavan is the General Secretary of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal and a member of the State Assembly, Tamil Nadu, and an MP, and editor of Thaaiman, a best-selling journal on Dalit affairs. Meena Kandasamy is an activist, writer and translator and the former editor of The Dalit.
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