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Stories Of Social Awakening: Reflections Of Dalit Refugee Lives Of Bengal

Subtitle: Edited by Jaydeep Sarangi

Authored By: Jatin Bala

Publisher:  Authorspress

ISBN-13: 9789352075430

Year of Publication: 2017

Pages: 184

                                       Binding: Paperback(PB)

Category:  Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories

Price in Rs. 245.00

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“Jatin Bala's world of story-writing has the depth and foundation in his being dalit, refugee and his poverty-stricken life. Combination of these factors constitute Jatin Bala's stories. Obviously his defiance to traditional and established values is very significant. Translation of these stories in English would help to reach this significance attributed to his stories in Bengali literature, undoubtedly to a larger audience.”

--Arjun Dangle, writer, activist and the author of Poisoned Bread.


“Noted dalit refugee writer, Jatin Bala through hiscaptivating stories contributessignificantly to the fields of dalit and refugee studies. His invaluable creations, take the readers along the intricate lanes and bye-lanes of the tumultuous lives of the force-displaced dalits – the worst victims of the Partition. …it reminds the readers, dalit refugees are after all not just refugees, but dalits as well. …The Editorhas indeed done a great job in editing this volume.”

-- Debi Chatterjee, Ex-Professor of Jadavpur University and the Editor of Contemporary Voice of Dalit (Sage Publication).


"A truly thought-provoking volume that contributes to filling a critical void.Inspiring."

-- Elisabetta Marino, Faculty, University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, Italy.






About the Book


Jatin Bala’s stories hold truth. These stories capture life’s black holes at different points, life of a refugee struggling for survival. Some stories explore pangs and angst of a dalit surviving in a non dalit milieu. They are part of human literature. Some stories conceive the position of the liminal people placed on the thin edge between visibility and invisibility, between survival and death, between nothing and something. Stories in this collection go beyond any particular tag. They are universal in appeal. Translatorsand the editor) have tried to keep the flavour and sentiments intact.



About the Author


Jatin Bala (1949- ) is an award winning Bengali Dalit author. He had faced the gory violence of Bengal partition. Crossing the borders with his family, he has spent years shuttling between refugee camps in West Bengal. He has taken active part in many refugee movements demanding fundamental human rights. At present, Bala is the author of fourteen books and an autobiography. Dalita Sahitya Aandalan (Dalit Literary Movement), a collection of research articles, is of paramount importance in the field of dalitstudies.


About the Editor

Jaydeep Sarangi is a senior faculty, Department of English, Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri College (University of Calcutta).Kolkata, India. He can be reached at: