G. N. Devy

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Ganesh N. Devy (born 1950), formerly professor of English at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, a renowned literary critic and activist and is founder and director of the Tribal Academy for Adivasi community at Tejgadh, Gujarat, and director of the Sahitya Akademi’s Project on Literature in Tribal Languages and Oral Traditions. He led the Linguistic Survey of India in 2010.[1] He was educated at Shivaji University, Kolhapur and the University of Leeds, UK. Among his many academic assignments, he has held fellowships at Leeds University and Yale University and has been a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow (1994-96). He is an active participant in the functioning of Bhasha Academy. His recent work interests are Indian Sign Language.

Since 2002, he is a professor at the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar.


He was awarded Padma Shri on 26 January 2014 in recognition of his work with denotified and nomadic tribes education and his work on dying-out languages.[2] He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for After Amnesia, and the SAARC Writers’ Foundation Award for his work with denotified tribals. He has also won the reputed Prince Claus Award (2003) awarded by the Prince Claus Fund for his work for the conservation of the history, languages and views of oppressed communities in the Indian state of Gujarat. His Marathi book Vanaprasth has received six awards including the Durga Bhagwat Memorial Award and the Maharashtra Foundation Award. Along with Laxman Gaikwad and Mahashweta Devi, he is one of the founders of The Denotified and Nomadic Tribes Rights Action Group (DNT-RAG). He won the 2011 Linguapax Prize for his work for the preservation of linguistic diversity.[1][3]


  • Critical Thought (1987)
  • After Amnesia (1992)
  • Of Many Heroes (1997)
  • India Between Tradition and Modernity (co-edited, 1997)
  • In Another Tongue (2000)
  • Indian Literary Criticism: Theory & Interpretation (2002).
  • Painted Words: An Anthology of Tribal Literature (editor, 2002).
  • A Nomad Called Thief (2006)
  • Keywords: Truth (contributor, date unknown)
  • Vaanprastha (in Marathi, date unknown)
  • Adivasi Jane Che ( Tribal People Knows, in Gujarati, date unknown).
  • The G.N. Devy Reader (2009)


  1. ^ a b "7 Gujaratis in Padma awards list". The Times of India. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  2. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-02-08. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  3. ^ Khan, Shoeb (2014-02-07). "India's linguistic diversity in danger: Professor Ganesh Devi". The Times of India (Jaipur). Retrieved 2014-03-30. 

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