The Prisons We Broke is the first autobiography written by a Dalit woman In the

The prisons we broke is the first autobiography

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The Prisons We Broke is the first autobiography written by a Dalit woman. In the memoir, she talks about the life in her village, called Veergaon. In her memory, the Maharwadas never had a prosperous life. It was full of ignorance and dominated by poverty and epidemics. Death rate was high because of the ceaseless starvation and lack of medical facilities for the fatal epidemics. Moreover, superstitions adorned their blindness. Though Hindu religion and gods considered Mahars as outcaste, Mahar community upheld the Hindu principles and they thought of gods with great sanctity. Potrajas and Waghya-Murali are common in the village. They never forget to give offerings to gods. Generations after generations Mahar community broke their heads on the stones of Hindu temples with hopes. However, the effect was curses. They smeared kumkum and haldi on the gods. The possessed women are greeted with respect as it is believed that they could speak about the future of the Maharwada. In this connection, Vrushali Nagarale (2011), in her article ‘Discou rse analysis of African- American and Dalit Women’s Selected Works/biographies: A Comparative Study’ says:
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82 The Prison We Broke talks more about Dalits blind beliefs and superstitions. Both men and women possessed the evil spirit and considered it as the curse of God and Goddesses .” 2 Women in the Maharwada led miserable life. They had to do all the household chores and earn their livelihood by selling wood. They fed their children with the leftovers collected from other places. On the festivals, they had to plaster their house with cow dung and clean the utensils and the clothes. As per the custom of child marriage, the girls got married at the age of eight or nine. They had to led a very pathetic life at their husband’s home. They had to put up with the abuse by her in -laws. In this memoir, like all the authors of Dalit literature, Kamble talks about the influence of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. Ambedkar was the source of inspiration for Kamble. He asked the Mahars to educate their children, and inspired them to fight against the atrocities. He asked them not to give offerings to the gods who never cared about them. And he also asked them not to eat the dead animals. Baby Kamble and her relatives actively participated in the revolutionary activities. She was very much influenced by Ambedkar. She loved her father also. Her father often told not to work for money. Money is not the ever-valuable thing in the world. The value of money will go, when we become poor. Nevertheless, the dignity that we earned in the course of our life will be there to support us. Money cannot always give us a satisfaction to our life. Author and her relatives and some of her friends went to school. They were ill-treated by the teachers and others in the upper caste. However, they managed to survive. The author is very much influenced by the movie Sati Savithri . Ambedkar s speech reverberated in the village, and the villagers reiterated his words. We can also see an influence of Buddha in the text.
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