Urmila Pawar on Empowerment of Dalit Women and the Aesthetics of Dalit Feminist Identity: A Personal Interview

Munira Salim

Lecturer and Head, Department of English, Stewart Science College, Cuttack, Odisha & PhD Scholar, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack. Email:

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Article DOI:  10.21659/bp.v1n3s301


A desperate wish to meet few literary luminaries made me attend the AHRC funded International Conference in the University of Pune that was held in December, 2015. It was the peak of winter though the city was experiencing moderate climate, and naturally, it was quite comfortable to cope up with the winter’s warmth! One of my wishes that I had nurtured for long was to meet the Dalit feminist writer Urmila Pawar. As the Conference brochure revealed her presence, I started feeling restless, though I was uncertain about the success of my plan. But I was in for a surprise! On the first day of the Conference, Urmila was sitting just two rows ahead of mine, and I was taken aback. For me, the writers of her kind are like the twinkling stars in the Milky Way and I was happy that I had travelled the distance to meet my star! Anyway, after a formal introduction I proposed for an interview which she affirmed to my happiness!

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