The present interview with M.M. Vinodini extends the context of her two stories printed in this issue, “Block” and “Villain’s Suicide” and the contemporary context for Telugu Dalit women writers. It enables readers to consider the combination of factors that must align for a woman and therefore, a secondary citizen of a severely stigmatized community to take action and protest through activist organizing and creative storytelling. Discrimination, self-respect, and assertion are repeated themes in Vinodini’s body of work and here she discusses changing views of caste among young people, the reception of her work, the ongoing mistreatment of sanitation workers, caste’s operations in a Covid pandemic online educational context, and how anti-caste activism and feminism must come together.
“We are Working for a Caste-free India”: An Interview with M. M. Vinodini.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 22(10), 8-16.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol22/iss10/2