In a bid to unite the voices of the marginalised, Delhi University recently hosted ‘Dalit Literature Festival’, probably the first such event in India. The two-day festival was organised by Kirorimal College’s Hindi Dept in collaboration with several Dalit groups such as Ambedkarvadi Lekhak Sangh, Rashmi Prakashan, Lucknow, Ridam Patrika, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Delhi Solidarity Group (DSG), Alag Duniya, Mantavya Patrika, Akshar Publishers & Distributors, Delhi, Forum for Democracy.
“It is the country’s first literature festival for Dalits. It has never happened before,” said Sanjeev Danda, one of the organisers.
The event was a big draw among students as well. “Not just Ambedkar, there are many other writers who have written extensively on caste. Their writings give a glimpse of our history and social order. The eagerness to read their works and to get knowledge about our past brought me here,” Arpit Awasthi, a Physics student said.