Sahitya Akademi award for Dalit novelist
NEW DELHI: Dalit Tamil writer Poomani has won the 2014 Sahitya Akademi award for his historical novel Agnaadi. The novel covers a period of more than 170 years from the beginning of the 19th century and revolves around the lives of several families in the villages of Virudhunagar district. The 1,200-page novel, which looks at caste conflicts in the region, has already won the inaugural Gitanjali literary prize.
Streekaal’s Savitribai Phule award
WARDHA: Feminist magazine Streekaal will soon announce the winner of the inaugural Savitribai Phule Samman for feminist criticism. The jury comprises Archana Sharma, Arvind Jain, Anita Bharti, Hemlata Mahishwar and Parimala Ambekar.
NEW DELHI: Sheoraj Singh Bechain being presented with the Rashtra Bhasha Gaurav Saman on 22 November 2014 at Parliament’s central hall, New Delhi, jointly by Dr Sarojni Maheshi (president, Sansdiya Hindi Parishad), Urmil Satya Bhushan (president, Parichay Sahitya Parishad) and Santosh Khanna (secretary, Vidhi Bharti Parishad).
LUDHIANA: Functions were organized at different places in the country on Dr Ambedkar’s Parinirvan Diwas. Sukhbir Singh Badal, deputy chief minister of Punjab, was the chief guest at one such programme in Ludhiana.
Published in the January 2015 issue of the Forward Press magazine
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