Author: Satinath Bhaduri
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Ipshita Chanda
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126033331
Set in the Purnea district of Bihar during the civil disobedience movement and the violence of undercover militancy, the narrative of Tulsidas’ Ramcharitmanas is a text recited and sung, the poor harijan Dhorai is the Rama prototype.
Dhorai Charit Manas: “in the room, Dhorai Bows in worship before the white box and drop the letter inside it. Dhanya ho! Praise be to the glory of Mahatmaji! Dhanya ho Kangriss bolunteer, Whose mercy has given the insignificant Dhorai an opportunity to participate in the task of establishing Ramrajya and make his squirrel’s contribution to his great enterprise. His heart bursts with sorrow; if he knew how to write, he would have written to Mahatmaji in his own hand. Through this letter, people from one end of the land, all at once.”
The power of the Mahatma’s movement touches him deeply, but so do the incipient fissures that are inherited by the new India. As Dhorai merges with every man in this time and place, his story continues, in all it’s hopes and promises, despair and deception, in India’s life today.
In this subtle exploration of the warp and weft of life in a society finely meshed together with caste, class and religious belief, Rama and Gandhi form two enduring ideals that frame the story of Dhorai, of the untouchable Tatma caste.
ADI KAND: The Episode of Ancient Times
PANCHAYAT KAND: The Episode of the Panchayat
RAMIYA KAND: The Ramiya Episode
SAGIYA KAND: The Sagiya Episode
LANKA KAND: The Lanka Episode
NIRASHA KAND: The Episode of Despair