Dalit Participation in the 1857 Revolt (Hardback)
The Dalit history, since decades, has been appropriated and erased to suit the twisted idea of the nation and national integrity. A closer look at the discourse on Dalit history begs answers for some important questions – Why and how has it become so easy to wipe out an entire history? Who are the beneficiaries of this erasure? Why is Dalit history not considered authentic? Who decides what ‘authentic’ really means? In present book, Author has attempted to establish historicity of Dalit participation in the 1857 Revolt in six chapters. The 1857 Revolt in Dalit perspective is discussed in the first chapter. The second chapter deals with the narratives of Dalit participation in 1857 uprising in Dalit literature. Mythical narratives of Dalits participation in the 1857 revolt is reviewed in the third chapter. The fourth chapter examined gender narratives of Dalit martyrs. Role of Dalit women in the 1857 rebellion has been explored in the fifth chapter. Last chapter establishes Dalit issue in National Movement. Hope this book will be helpful for Dalit historians in authenticating Dalit role in the 1857 Revolt in particular and national movement in general.