DALIT PANTHERS AN AUTHORITATIVE HISTORY by J.V. Pawar
Telugu translation : Dalit Panthers charitra
The Dalit Panthers movement was one that shook India in the seventies. It inspired Dalits, the Left and youth due to its imaginative choice and methods of protest and broad range of activity.
JV Pawar in conversation with Bezwada Wilson.
JV Pawar was a co-founder of the Dalit Panthers movement along with Raja Dhale and Namdev Dhasal. As general secretary of the group he maintained all the correspondence and documentation. In addition, he had access to the government of Maharashtra archives, including both police as well as intelligence reports on the Panthers during its short existence. Pawar is both a novelist (author of Balidaan) and a poet and this book, apart from being a history of the movement, discusses its weaknesses. There are many valuable lessons for all Bahujan and Left activists.
Bezwada Wilson is a rights activist and speaker and has worked consistently on the issues of manual scavenging.