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DRC?A treasure house of Dalit literature

The place is gradually gaining the reputation of custodian of lesser known historical facts and the related literature belonging to the Dalit community which played a significant role in various national revolts and struggles.
None | By Padmini Singh, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON MAR 22, 2006 12:04 AM IST

The place is gradually gaining the reputation of custodian of lesser known historical facts and the related literature belonging to the Dalit community which played a significant role in various national revolts and struggles.

The Dalit Resource Centre (DRC) being developed at GB Pant Social Science Institute (GBPSSI), Jhunsi, is now being frequented by scholars and professors besides the community people in order to acquaint themselves with the till now hidden treasure of rich Dalit literature.

"We have collected almost 500 booklets, newspapers and magazines which have been displayed at the gallery of Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya of the institute.

However, it is just 40% of the target achieved and the final collection will be overflowing with more such documents", said BN Tiwari, incharge of the museum and the keyperson involved in the project.  

The idea is to give recognition to those whose efforts have not been highlighted till now and who have been overshadowed by the reputation of other litterateurs, said Tiwari.

The newspapers, magazines and booklets have been collected from far off places like Barabanki, Bareilly, Kanpur, Aligarh, Agra, Lucknow, Bahraich and Haraiyya. 

The main contents in the booklets are related to the write-ups about Buddha, Kabir, Ravidas, Ambedkar, etc and the history of Dalit nationalist heroes.

The publication work at the centre is to be started soon. The first book titled 'Asmitaon ka itihaas' will have the collection of community history. 

Besides, there will be holding of a village conference in the last week of May at village Ajuha in Kaushambi district. "The conference is based on the theme of active participation of the community members so that they interact with each other and acknowledge their significance in the present scenario as well as the part played by their ancestors in nation-building", said Tiwari.   

It is just an effort to give recognition to the marginalised community, he added. 

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