“Someone like Ashoka the Great will be born again to set up a casteless society”

AN INTERVIEW WITH MANOHAR MOULI BISWAS


Mahitosh Mandal


All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis, Volume 2, Number 2 | Full Text PDF

 

ABSTRACT


Manohar Mouli Biswas (born 3 October 1943) is a long-time Dalit activist and writer from West Bengal, president of Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha, and vice-president of West Bengal Dalit Sahitya Academy. In this conversation with Mahitosh Mandal, conducted over email and face to face, Mr. Biswas talks in-depth about his views on Dalit identity, casteism and the current state and future of anticaste politics in West Bengal, drawing on his lived experiences of casteism and anticaste activism, as well as his literary practice and membership of two important Dalit literary establishments. He also comments on religious conversion among Dalits in the current wave of saffronisation of India. The interview is supplemented by a select bibliography of Manohar Mouli Biswas.


KEYWORDS: Dalit, Dalit literature, casteism, anticaste activism, Buddhism, conversion

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