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The weave of my life : a Dalit woman's memoirs

Author: Urmilā Pavāra
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Activist and award-winning writer Urmilla Pawar recounts three generations of Dalit women who struggled to overcome the burden of their caste. Dalits, or untouchables, make up India's poorest class. Forbidden from performing anything but the most undesirable and unsanitary duties, for years Dalits were believed to be racially inferior and polluted by nature and were therefore forced to live in isolated
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pavāra, Urmilā.
Weave of my life.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2009
(OCoLC)649309345
Named Person: Urmilā Pavāra; Urmilā Pavāra; Urmila Pawar
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Urmilā Pavāra
ISBN: 9780231149006 023114900X
OCLC Number: 282960791
Notes: "The weave of my life : a Dalit woman's memoir was first published by Stree ... in 2008"--Title page verso.
Description: xxviii, 283 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Āyadāna.
Responsibility: Urmila Pawar ; translated by Maya Pandit.

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"Activist and award-winning writer Urmilla Pawar recounts three generations of Dalit women who struggled to overcome the burden of their caste. Dalits, or untouchables, make up India's poorest class. Forbidden from performing anything but the most undesirable and unsanitary duties, for years Dalits were believed to be racially inferior and polluted by nature and were therefore forced to live in isolated communities.".

"Pawar grew up on the rugged Konkan coast, near Mumbai, where the Mahar Dalits where housed in the center of the village so the upper castes could summon them at any time. As Pawar writes, "the community grew up with a sense of perpetual insecurity, fearing that they could be attacked from all four sides in times of conflict.

That is why there has always been a tendency in our people to shrink within ourselves like a tortoise and proceed at a snail's pace." Pawar eventually left Konkan for Mumbai, where she fought for Dalit rights and became a major figure in the Dalit literary movement. Though she writes in Marathi, she has found fame in all of India.".

"In this frank and intimate memoir, Pawar not only shares her tireless effort to surmount hideous personal tragedy but also conveys the excitement of an awakening consciousness during a time of profound political and social change."--BOOK JACKET.

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