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Bangla Dalit Writer Writes Back

Subtitle: Selected Essays on Life and Works of Manohar Mouli Biswas

Authored By: Jaydeep Sarangi

Publisher:  Authorspress

ISBN-13: 9789388332408

Year of Publication: 2019

Pages: 254

                                       Binding: Hardback(HB)

Category:  English Literature

Price in Rs. 696.50

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Jaydeep Sarangi is a bilingual writer, academic, editor, interviewer, translator and author of a number of significant publications on Postcolonial issues, Indian Writing in English, Australian Literature, Marginal literatures and Bangla dalit writings in reputed journals/magazines.With Angana Dutta, he has transliterated and edited Surviving in My World: Growing up Dalit in Bengal which has been reviewed in many leading journals in the world like EPW, Biblio, Commonwealth Essays (Sorbonne University),South Asia Research (London), TNL(Australia), Indian Literature, Voice of the Dalit (Sage Publication),The Book Review, etc.He has delivered keynote address in seminars and conferences and lectured on dalit studies in different universities in severalcontinents. With Sharankumar Libmale, he has edited Dalit Voice: Literature and Revolt(2018).He is Principal, New Alipore College (Univ. of Calcutta), Kolkata,India. He may be reached at:


About the Book


Recent years have witnessed the rise of literary outputby dalits from another cultural positions in India. Translation from regional languages to English plays an important role in transferring power dynamics in a stratified caste pyramid in Indian society. This ‘cultural rigging’ endorses the fact of ‘cultural silence’. Literary productions by the dalits of Bengal are centuries old.Manohar Mouli Biswas’ literarycorpus glitters with militant use ofmetaphors, phrases and punctuations and achieves laurels in the reading world with a semiotictag, ‘writing as resistance’.



“This is not just a book of 20 scholarly essays on the Bengali Dalit activist-writer Manohar Mouli Biswas. This book showcases the pioneering spirit of determination that motivated Manohar Mouli Biswas to map the arduous journey of the Dalit community of Bengal. As in other regions of India, the Bengali Dalit community too has experienced systemic marginalization and indifference. Manohar Mouli Biswas is the first spokesperson of the Bengali Dalit community, who has effectively mapped the humiliating journey of the Dalit community of Bengal. His path-breaking writings traverse diverse literary genres such as poetry, autobiography, essays and memoir along with well-researched articles that track the history of Bengali Dalit literature with scholarship and insight.” 

-Professor SanjuktaDasgupta,
Visiting Professor, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland and
Convenor, English Advisory Board, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi

About the Author


Manohar Mouli Biswaswas born on 3rd October 1943 in a Namashudra community in a remote village Matiargati of the district Khulna of undivided Bengal. He is a popular bilingual dalit writer and activist, and is at present president of the Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha. He edits the Dalit Mirror, a culture magazine.Biswas is the author of a number of signal books in different genres. He has six books of poems, four in Bengali and two in English, two books of short stories, six books of essays, out of which one is in English titled, An Interpretation of Dalit Literature Aesthetic Theory and Movements: Through the Lens of Ambedkarism. His autobiography Amar Bhubane Ami Benche Thaki has been translated into Englishas Surviving in My World: Growing up Dalit in Bengal(2015). It has become a text /reference book in premier Indian universities.