Changiya Rukh: Against the Night by Balbir Madhopuri

Changiya Rukh: Against the Night

byBalbir MadhopuriTranslated byTripti Jain

Hardcover | May 1, 2010

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Chhangya 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 thefringes 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, andhumiliation, as well as of resistance, achievement, and hope. This volume also includes a perceptive Introduction by Harish Puri.

About The Author

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...

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Title:Changiya Rukh: Against the NightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pagesPublished:May 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198065507

ISBN - 13:9780198065500

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Table of Contents

Author's NoteTranslator's NoteIntroductionMy Birthplace: MadhopurInscriptions on a Tender MindThe Tale of the Cracked MirrorFlowering of the CactusThe Thorny PathSunshine through the CloudsOur Home: The Home of WoesBrahma's GamesHunger Knows no CasteA Matter of CommunityMonsoon Without RainsDaadi's SagaThe Banyan Tree of the ChamarsAn Oasis in a DesertHatred of my NameLiterature and PoliticsDeparture for DelhiBetween Life and DeathThe Humanist SlapBeing a TenantGlossary