Moderator: Roanna Gonsalves
In her memoir Coming Out as Dalit, Yashica Dutt recounts her mother’s ambitions to overcome poverty by passing herself and her family off as Brahmin. Under these extremely stressful circumstances Dutt was a success, a well-educated professional, who didn’t know how to live. Her book is an account of refusing to ‘pass’ and the larger implications of the upper-class idea that India is ‘past’ caste.
Yashica Dutt (she/her) is a leading anti-caste expert, journalist and the award-winning author of the non-fiction memoir, Coming Out as Dalit. Dutt recently won India’s Sahitya Akademi Yuva Pursukar and her work has been published in the New York Times, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic.
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Roanna Gonsalves is the award-winning Indian Australian author of the acclaimed collection of short fiction The Permanent Resident (UWAP) published in India as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney (Speaking Tiger). Her four-part radio series On the Tip of a Billion Tongues, commissioned and broadcast by ABC RN’s Earshot program, is an acerbic portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers.