Towards the cultural banner of Bangla Dalit Literary Movement: an interview with Nakul Mallik


  • Jaydeep Sarangi Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri College(Calcutta University),Kolkata



Cultural silence, Brahmanical, polluting, emancipation, just society, Dalit literature


Nakul Mallik was born in a low-wage family of the Namashudra caste living in a village, Gajendrapur. He is one of the pioneer Bangla Dalit activists/writers. His signal works include three biographies, a work of religious philosophy; several short story collections, a book of eight one-act plays and Manik Ratan, a story based on rural Bengal and the social situation at the time of Partition. Here Nakul Mallik is in conversation with Jaydeep Sarangi where he frankly narrates the growth and development of Bangla Dalit Movement. This interview took place at Tollygunj railway station, Kolkata where Jaydeep Sarangi and Nakul Mallik met for academic and organizational discussions.

Author Biography

Jaydeep Sarangi, Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri College(Calcutta University),Kolkata

Jaydeep Sarangi is a bilingual writer, academic, editor, interviewer, translator and author of a number of significant publications on Postcolonial issues, Indian Writing in English, Australian Literature, Marginal literatures and Creative Writing in reputed journals/magazines in India and abroad. He is in the editorial board of several refereed journals in different continents. Widely anthologised and reviewed as a poet and a critic on marginal writings, he has authored  five poetry collections in English and one in Bengali. About his poems Keki Daruwalla says, “Jaydeep Sarangi gives a fresh paint to everyday living. ‘Small rivers’ near tribal villages are his haunts. His language can be unorthodox, where a rock can turn into a ‘reckless flow', but his poems are a rewarding read, with the scent of herbs coming through the pages.â€Â 

Associate Professor in English