Madiba inspires dalit voice
“How can anyone, especially writers, distance or free themselves from the influence of Gandhi, Ambedkar and Mandela?” asks poet-playwright K Y Narayanaswamy. His words sum up the influence Nelson Mandela and his anti-apartheid struggle have had on the dalit movement and literature in Karnataka. For the writers, the icon stood for selfrespect and humanism.
Poet Siddalingaiah, a prominent figure in the dalit movement in the state, says the South African revolutionary’s life and struggle have shaped his life and literature.