" Democracy was
also a great narrative and not merely a monolithic kind of democratic participation."

Field Visits

The project team visited various places like Allahabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Rampur, Bareli, Agra, Aligarh, Gaziabad, Meerut, Bhopal, and Delhi. The main purpose of the field visit was to collect booklets from bus stations, railway stations, small bookstalls, big bookshops, publications centers, and Dalit writers who write and sell their own booklets. These are the booklets popular among various Dalit communities. The staff also collected popular booklets, written especially by non-Dalit writers. Till now, DRC has acquired approximately 500 Dalit popular booklets, 33 magazines, and 15 editions of different newspapers on Dalit issues. To avoid unnecessary delays and problems during field visits in tracing out localities of different Dalit writers, help from the community resource persons (appointed for the purpose) in each place was sought.

One of the objectives of the DRC is to prepare social biography of Dalit writers to understand the marginalization process through which they underwent and the circumstances that prompted or compelled them to undertake the task of writing. A semi-structured interview schedule was prepared to collect information about their past and present phases of social struggle. Dalit writers living at Allahabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Aligarh, Rampur, Bareli, Gaziabad, Meerut, Bhopal, and Delhi were interviewed keeping these objectives in mind.


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