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Joothan An Untouchable's Life

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ISBN-10: 0231129734

ISBN-13: 9780231129732

Edition: 2008

Authors: Omprakash Valmiki, Arun Prabha Mukherjee

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Omprakash Valmiki's Joothan, an autobiographical account of his birth and upbringing as an untouchable, or Dalit, in the newly independent India of the 1950s, is one of the first portrayals of Dalit life in north India from an insider's perspective. "Joothan" literally means scraps of food left on a plate, destined for the garbage or for the family pet in a middle-class urban home. It is related to the word "jootha," which means polluted, and such scraps are characterized as "joothan" only if someone else eats them. India's untouchables have been forced to accept and eat joothanfor their subsistence for centuries. The word encapsulates the pain, humiliation, and poverty of this community,…    
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.55" wide x 8.54" long x 0.52" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Omprakash Valmiki is the author of two collections of poetry and one of short stories. As editor and publisher of numerous magazines, he has played a vital role in the propagation of Dalit literature.Arun Prabha Mukherjee is professor of English at York University in Toronto. She is the author of Postcolonialism: My Livingand Oppositional Aesthetics: Readings from a Hyphenated Space.

Preface to the Hindi Edition