The Outcaste is a story of an untouchable Sharankumar Limbale in general and

The outcaste is a story of an untouchable sharankumar

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The Outcaste is a story of an untouchable, Sharankumar Limbale, in general and Mahar community in particular. The author recalls about how an innocent Dalit couple Ithal Kamble and his wife, Masamai are exploited by village Patil Hanmantha Limbale. Ithal Kamble is a farm worker on a yearly contract to Hanmantha Limbale. One day Hanmantha Patil exploits and ruins the woman and it brings about the separation of the couple. After the divorce, Masamai continues to be a keep of Hanmantha Limbale and gives birth to Sharankumar Limbale. Hanmantha Limbale refuses to accept Sharankumar as his child. Therefore, Masamai leaves Akkalkot and goes to Hanoor where Santamai, Masamai s mother lives with Jamadar, a Muslim whom Sharankumar Limbale calls Dada . Sharankumar experiences caste discrimination right from his childhood. As a schoolboy, he goes for picnic. At the picnic spot, the Dalit students and the upper caste students sit under separate trees for lunch. Limbale writes, Even the tree we sat under was tattered like us. Whenever the wind shook it branches it produced waves of hot air that hit our faces. We sat in its broken shadow. After the lunch, the teacher asks the high caste boys to collect the leftovers on a piece of paper and give it to the Dalit children. Another incident Limbale experiences is about the discrimination in religious practice. One day, Sharankumar and his friend Parshya enter the temple and prostrate directly before the
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77 God in the temple of Ithoba. Parshya s father beats him, as entering a temple is a crime for Dalit people. Sharankumar moves from his native place, Chapalgaon to Solapur to pursue higher education. He recalls that Dalit students live with limited facilities in the hostels. Living with minimum facilities in hostels is also a form of discrimination. They do not enjoy the luxuries of college life. They take their education amidst great poverty. Sharankumar and Mallya continue their studies up to B.A. right from the primary school. Both of them are not only classmates but also good friends. But, the marriage proposal to Sharankumar resulted in a break between them. Mallya s parents refuse the proposal because Sharankumar is not of pure blood. They love conventions more than human beings. The Outcaste depicts the journey of Sharankumar’s life crammed with humiliating and insulting incidents occurred due to caste discrimination. It tells about many more unfavourable and unfortunate incidents that he experienced as a man belonging to the lower caste community. It also portrays his struggle for establishing himself as Dalit. In this autobiography, the characters come from diverse social background. They have different linguistic traits. The sociological background influences their language.
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