Dhasal who was one of the founder members of Dalit Panthers, a militant movement inspired by the America’s Black Panthers movement: The Indian Express
The firebrand Dalit leader and renowned poet Namdeo Dhasal (64), who had been battling colon cancer for some time, died early Wednesday morning at Bombay Hospital here. His last rites would be performed at Chaityabhoomi in Dadar on Thursday.
Senior political leaders of Maharashtra, including Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, paid rich tributes to Dhasal, who was one of the founder members of Dalit Panthers, a militant movement inspired by the America’s Black Panthers movement.
Dhasal had been wheelchair-bound because of his illness for the last few years.
Born in a village in Khed taluka of Pune district on February 15, 1949, he along with his parents later shifted to Mumbai in search of livelihood. His father was in meat-selling business. Dhasal spent his early childhood in Golpitha, a red light area in Mumbai. Tiding over a personal struggle in his life, Dhasal took recourse to passionate writing on human hardships, which was unconventional and bold and baffled the world of literature in the early 1970s and 80s.