ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Lal Singh Dil and the Poetics of Disjunction

The Poet as a Political Cartographer

Lal Singh Dil was a revolutionary poet born into a dalit family. He is among the most significant modern Punjabi poets for his political vision and aesthetic practice. Arguably the only contemporary Punjabi poet who deals comprehensively and fearlessly with capitalism's historical geography in this part of the world, he had a lucid grasp of the ways of the neo-liberal economic order and its investments in an unequal and oppressive social order. The article argues that Dil invented a peculiar poetics of disjunction to deal with a world that called him to battle again and again.

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