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Tracing poetry of protest in India: Dalit, Muslim and feminist perspectives

Volume: 72  ,  Issue: 1 , March    Published Date: 25 March 2021
Publisher Name: IJRP
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DOI: 10.47119/IJRP100721320201796

Authors

# Author Name
1 Ansab Amir Khan
2 Qudratullah Faraz
3 Zeba Afrin

Abstract

Poetry has always been one of the most critical and vivid form of expression available to humankind, and this paper seeks to trace and explore the origin, history, diversity, and methodology of the various kinds of poetry which was used to register protest or dissent against authority figures in India, particularly through the lens of the Dalit community, Indian Muslims and Indian feminists. The research aims to trace the similarities and differences in the way each of these communities began to use the creative medium of poetry to lodge their disagreements with the regimes, social order, or socio-political norms at various junctures of India’s history, from the colonial past to a thriving democracy, while also exploring the contrast between relatively older instances to the concurrent times. Eminent poets whose works have had a lasting impact on the social and political movements of their communities have found a place in the article as well, with snippets of their work showcasing the glimpse of the politics of their poetry. The paper also attempts to gauge the intersectional aspects of the literary work of these three communities, and find gaps and holes in places which have not been researched to a satisfactory degree. The paper concludes with remarks on the changes and latest trends observed by these communities with regards to their poetry and their protests.

Keywords

  • Dalit
  • Muslim
  • Protest
  • Poetry
  • Perspectives
  • Feminism