Three Decades of Bangla Dalit Movement: Jaydeep Sarangi in Conversation with Kapilkrishna Thakur
Kapilkrishna Thakur is long standing Bangla Dalit activist and writer working for more than three decades. His signal books include: Ujantaleer Upokatha (historical novel), Cholechi Chaitrer Utsabee, Shoro Pathor, Kisundar Ondho (poetry), Madhumoti Onek Dur, Onno Ihudi (Stories). He has also written a seminal book on the Motua Movement in Bengal which marks his scholarship in the subject. Matua Andolan o Banglar Anunnoto Samaj is resourceful work on Matua religion and literary productions. Kapilkrishna Thakur is also attached to some important journals and magazines from West Bengal: Dalit Manan, Nikhil Bharat, Bngo Bhumi, Gana Sanskriti, Jamini Katha and Manisha. His literary corpus makes a fervent plea for a complete overhaul of society by questioning all stereotyped notions of caste and class in Bengal.
This interview is the fruit of a couple of long sessions in August 2017 in a coffee parlour in South Kolkata, Prince Anwar Shah Road.
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