The Key to Social Transformation Through Self-Realization: From The Autobiography Of Shantabai Dani

By Gautami Pawar, Manik Kadam, David Kadam and VinayDeep Rathi.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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TThe present world is tormented due to negative ideology, war, hatred, violence and isolation leading to misery, pain and poverty. This ongoing process consumes lot of human wealth and intellect, which should otherwise be utilized for creating harmony among the communities of the countries and nations of the world. The Dalit women writers like Shantabai Dani through her life as reflected in her autobiography (Ratran – Deen Amha ),holds the key. She had realized the truth of human dignity and peace due to influencing factors like Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar based on the Buddhist philosophy and achieved a holistic transformation in her own life. Although she suffered the discrimination and exploitation from the society initially, she had no bitterness but the attitude of gratitude, love, compassion and forgiveness in her heart. Hence this paper is an attempt to present her life-story and show how she achieved the transformation in her own life against all odds and gave back to society with attitude of gratitude and without any bitterness. Surely this Autobiography is like sowing the seed of realization, which is nothing but the seed of love, truth and spirituality having capacity to bring peace and unity in the world through peaceful, non-violent means and it is based on Buddhist Philosophy.. It gives confidence to not only the dalit women but the other women and the entire mankind as well.

Keywords: Dalit Women, Triple Exploitation-Caste, Class and Gender, Buddhism, Education, Politics, Self-Realization

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.61-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 514.645KB).

Prof. Gautami Pawar

Head, English Department, Abasaheb Garware College, University Of Pune, India

I have served as a senior faculty in the under graduate college catering for the educational needs of the lower and middle class of the society. I have worked in various committees like paper setter,examiner,syllabus & structure designing for Pune and Nashik University.I had presented research papers in various National conferences held in Mumbai,Aurangabad and Pune Universities. I have Received a Research fellowship for doing Ph.D.and the work is nearing to completion. The title of the research is "Agony To Identity; A comparative Study of The Afro-American And Dalit Women Writers”, Which will help me ultimately to fulfill my dream to do something for the Dalit women And perhaps help the entire women kind to improve their confidence, in order to bring about the much required social transformation, which is only possible through non-violent means based on Buddhist phylosophy, embraced by the Great Dalit Leader Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Dr. Manik Kadam

Senior Faculty, Humanities, Management, Science, B.V.University, India

Prof. David Kadam

Deputy Director, Deputy Director, Symbiosis University, India

Dr. VinayDeep Rathi

English Department, Ahmednagar College, India


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