Says Dalit authors are activists too
KOLLAM: Marathi author Sharankumar Limbale here on Friday said that Dalit literature was a new and distinctive stream of Indian literature.
He was inaugurating a national seminar on ‘literature, art and culture', organised in connection with the State conference of the Purogamana Kalasahithya Sanghom.
Mr. Limbale, at the same time, wondered how long Dalit literature would remain new and distinctive. In order to understand Dalit literature, one would have to understand the caste structure.
Mr. Limbale said Dalit authors were also activists.
“Progressive writers are those who open the doors of a caste-ridden society and provide entry to the Dalits as human beings.” He said progressive literature required a socio-political document.
Mr. Limbale said “the commitment of the author is his way of life.” He felt that the State conference was a gathering which inspired him a lot because he could meet several well known Malayalam writers under a single roof.
Historian K.N. Panikkar presided over the seminar. Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University P.M. Rajan Gurukkal delivered the keynote address.
Vice-Chancellor of the Kerala Kalamandalam K.G. Paulose, literary critic Sunil P. Elayidam, Suja Susan George and P.K Pokkar spoke.
A resolution was passed at the conference calling upon the people to isolate those who tried to stymie the development of the State.
The resolution noted that there was a conspiracy to demolish the development agenda of the Left Democratic Front government by unleashing unnecessary controversies and violent agitations.
Another resolution called for ensuring progress of Malayalam language.