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Changiya Rukh: Against the Night. An Autobiography

Balbir Madhopuri; Translated from the Punjabi By Tripti Jain

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ISBN 10: 0198065507 / ISBN 13: 9780198065500
Published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2010
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Set in the village of Madhopuri in Punjab, Changiya Rukh?the autobiography of renowned writer Balbir Madhopuri?traces the social history of the Dalit community in Punjab, and brings out the caste relations constructed on prejudice and inequality. Size: 15 x 23 Cm. Bookseller Inventory # 030635

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Title: Changiya Rukh: Against the Night. An ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Edition: First Edition.

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Chhaangya Rukh as the title of Balbir Madhopuri's autobiography is significant. It means a tree lopped from the top, slashed and dwarfed. Madhopuri uses it as a metaphor for the Dalit or an 'untouchable' Indian whose potential for growth has been 'robbed by the Hindu social order'. Significantly, the lopped tree also denotes its inherent and defiant resilience that brings forth fresh branches and leaves.

Set in the village of Madhopuri in Punjab, Chhaangya Rukh traces the social history of the Dalit community in Punjab and brings out the caste relations constructed on prejudice and inequality. But Madhopuri's vision is able to capture and sensitively portray the lot of the Dalits often living on the fringes of society in other parts of the country. Writing with honesty and sincere objectivity, Madhopuri recounts the bleakness of life despite all constitutional and legislative measures. A saga of triumph, this real life story relates a Dalit's angst of deprivation, social exclusion, and humiliation, as well as of resistance, achievement, and hope. This volume also includes a perceptive Introduction by Harish Puri.

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Balbir Madhopuri has given Punjabi Dalit aesthetics a visibility which it previously lacked. His numerous books and poems have been translated into Indian as well as foreign languages. He is Editor, Yojana (a Punjabi monthly) and Deputy Director (News), All India Radio, New Delhi. Tripti Jain has taught political science in Government College, Ajmer for more than thirty years. A freelance translator, she has worked for Sahitya Akademi, National Book Trust, and Indian Institute for Indian Languages, Mysore. Harish Puri retired as Professor, B.R. Ambedkar Chair, Department of Political Science, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

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