Vanmam MOBI Þ Hardcover

Vanmam MOBI Þ Hardcover

Vanmam ➤ [Epub] ➞ Vanmam By Bama ➮ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Recent years have seen a rise in the genre of Dalit literature with Bama at the forefront Characterized by startling language ethnographic detail and native idiom Dalit writing in Tamil has gone hand Recent years have seen a rise in the genre of Dalit literature with Bama at the forefront Characterized by startling language ethnographic detail and native idiom Dalit writing in Tamil has gone hand in hand with political activism and with critical and ideological debate However a large portion of this writing has concentrated on the theme of victimhood Vanmam Bama's third full length work is an exception focusing instead on the inter caste rivalry within Dalit communities It highlights the animosity between the Pallars and the Parayars of Kandampatti village—who identify themselves as Hindus and Christians respectively—and describes how the landowners of the dominant Naicker caste stoke the fires of intra Dalit hostilities to benefit themselves ignoring the human costs paid for time and again in misery loss and death.


2 thoughts on “Vanmam

  1. Les Dangerfield Les Dangerfield says:

    I should first point out that this book is listed by Goodreads as being by Malini Seshadri which is wrong This person is the translator into English and the author has given herself the name Bama It is set in Tamil Nadu in southern India and is about the tensions in relationships between caste and religious groups in an Indian village


  2. Kamna Singh Kamna Singh says:

    The literal meaning of Vendetta is “a prolonged bitter uarrel with or campaign against someone” As we get into the skin of this seemingly thin yet complex novel the relevance of the title becomes evident Three weeks into reading Dalit writings from all across India I have explored various themes exploring the impact of caste oppression on the so called lower castes by the upper castes in their violation shrewd conspiracies assaults etcetera but in Vanmam or Vendetta the gaze turns inwards it brings forth how the oppressive caste system alienates an individual from his own self and not just subjects him or her to physical poverty but also internal poverty I will explain my usage of the term internal poverty after I am done giving a brief overview of the text “UNITED WE STAND AND DIVIDED WE FALL”I read this story about a father teaching his kids about the power of unity using the example of straws and how easy is it to break a single straw whereas almost an impossible task to break multiple straws together Reading Vendetta or Vanmam by Bama instantly reminded me of that parable I had read as a child And essentially the text is a much complex and layered version of the same old story not talking about two kids but two communities within the Dalit group the Pallars and the Parayars in the village called Kandampatti in TamilnaduThe Parayars were the Christian converts They were also the first to gain access to education and with this newly gained awareness and knowledge they began uestioning the ways of their oppressors the upper caste Naicker people The second community was that of the Pallars who were mostly the Hindus the text shows how they willingly accepted their inferior position to the upper caste Hindus This categorization of the two communities takes us back to AmbedkarGandhi thought and if interpreted the other way it can also be seen as the internal poverty of the Pallars The Pallars internalised the caste hierarchy so much that they did not know any other way of existing and when somebody tried to challenge their position in the society it resulted in mocking and ridicule from none other but the people of the same community These two communities had been constantly in conflict with one another and the specific incident where we see this animosity finally culminating itself is in the murder of Marrassu a Parayan’s death at the hands of Karuppusamy a Pallar while watering the fields of their respective Naicker mastersThe novel Vendetta is divided into twelve elaborate chapters covering different aspects of internalised caste oppression and what Ambedkar calls caste mindedness along with the visible segregation in the form of spaces inter and intra caste relationships Bama gives us a detailed description of spaces like fields bathing tanks streets and chavadys and how they were used to perpetuate caste hierarchy The text throws light upon how the rivalry among two Dalit communities is exploited by the upper caste individuals and eventually leads to violence bloodshed and terror The plot finally ends up with the realization that the marginalised communities had been exploited due to their lack of unity and their determination to live in harmony forgetting about their differences But this realization came at the cost of many innocent lives lost to unnecessary and avoidable violence


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2 thoughts on “Vanmam

  1. Les Dangerfield Les Dangerfield says:

    I should first point out that this book is listed by Goodreads as being by Malini Seshadri which is wrong This person is the translator into English and the author has given herself the name Bama It is set in Tamil Nadu in southern India and is about the tensions in relationships between caste and religious groups in an Indian village

  2. Kamna Singh Kamna Singh says:

    The literal meaning of Vendetta is “a prolonged bitter uarrel with or campaign against someone” As we get into the skin of this seemingly thin yet complex novel the relevance of the title becomes evident Three weeks into reading Dalit writings from all across India I have explored various themes exploring the impact of caste oppression on the so called lower castes by the upper castes in their violation shrewd conspiracies assaults etcetera but in Vanmam or Vendetta the gaze turns inwards it brings forth how the oppressive caste system alienates an individual from his own self and not just subjects him or her to physical poverty but also internal poverty I will explain my usage of the term internal poverty after I am done giving a brief overview of the text “UNITED WE STAND AND DIVIDED WE FALL”I read this story about a father teaching his kids about the power of unity using the example of straws and how easy is it to break a single straw whereas almost an impossible task to break multiple straws together Reading Vendetta or Vanmam by Bama instantly reminded me of that parable I had read as a child And essentially the text is a much complex and layered version of the same old story not talking about two kids but two communities within the Dalit group the Pallars and the Parayars in the village called Kandampatti in TamilnaduThe Parayars were the Christian converts They were also the first to gain access to education and with this newly gained awareness and knowledge they began uestioning the ways of their oppressors the upper caste Naicker people The second community was that of the Pallars who were mostly the Hindus the text shows how they willingly accepted their inferior position to the upper caste Hindus This categorization of the two communities takes us back to AmbedkarGandhi thought and if interpreted the other way it can also be seen as the internal poverty of the Pallars The Pallars internalised the caste hierarchy so much that they did not know any other way of existing and when somebody tried to challenge their position in the society it resulted in mocking and ridicule from none other but the people of the same community These two communities had been constantly in conflict with one another and the specific incident where we see this animosity finally culminating itself is in the murder of Marrassu a Parayan’s death at the hands of Karuppusamy a Pallar while watering the fields of their respective Naicker mastersThe novel Vendetta is divided into twelve elaborate chapters covering different aspects of internalised caste oppression and what Ambedkar calls caste mindedness along with the visible segregation in the form of spaces inter and intra caste relationships Bama gives us a detailed description of spaces like fields bathing tanks streets and chavadys and how they were used to perpetuate caste hierarchy The text throws light upon how the rivalry among two Dalit communities is exploited by the upper caste individuals and eventually leads to violence bloodshed and terror The plot finally ends up with the realization that the marginalised communities had been exploited due to their lack of unity and their determination to live in harmony forgetting about their differences But this realization came at the cost of many innocent lives lost to unnecessary and avoidable violence

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