US-based Dalit writer Sujatha Gidla wins Shakti Bhatt Prize
Venkatesh S Bijapur
October 24, 2018
US-based Dalit writer Sujatha Gidla's debut book, which takes readers through four generations of her family, at the centre of which is her uncle and People's War Group co-founder K G Satyamurthy, has been named the winner of this year's Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize.
The panel of judges, Sampurna Chattarji, Raghu Karnad and Githa Hariharan, chose "Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India" from a shortlist of six "because of its urgency, its revelations and its understated but seamless match of form with content".
According to the judges, "It is a marvel how, with so little friction or strain, 'Ants' absorbs readers into undramatised lives of poverty, patriarchy, and rebellion, and the encounter with subaltern Communism.
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