Devanoora Mahadeva is a rare combination of a great writer and a conscientious leader — albeit a hesitant one — of the dalit movement and the president of Sarvodaya Karnataka, a progressive, political party. In his thought, writing, speech and activism he has been relentlessly building the discourse of equality and justice.
Come Sunday, February 3, Dalita Sanghatanegala Okkoota has organised a day-long deliberation on the theme ‘Towards Realising the Dream of Equality’ at Gandhi Bhavan, Kumara Park, Bangalore. In fact, the theme of the seminar runs through Devanoor’s prose work Edege Bidda Akshara as well as Samanateya Kanasannu Matte Kanutta, a collection of articles which Devanoor invited as a guest editor of the Ambedkar day special a leading Kannada daily.
It is one of those occasions where the aspirations of the books that are released acquire a larger canvas in the light of the wisdom of the people’s movements. The seminar also marks a rare moment in the cultural history of Karnataka as leaders of different factions of the dalit movement, leaders of the farmers’ movement, intellectuals and writers assemble to trace the footsteps of movements for equality in Karnataka and deliberate on the future direction of such movements.
(The day long event, organised by Abhinava, begins at 10 a.m. Devanoor Mahadeva, U.R. Ananthamurthy, Dr. Siddalingaiah, Chandrashekara Kambara are some of the speakers on the occasion.)