Kanwal Bharti

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Kanwal Bharti
Born (1953-02-04) 4 February 1953 (age 63)
Rampur, Uttar Pradesh
Nationality Indian
Occupation Writer and columnist

Kanwal Bharti (born 4 February 1953) is an Indian Dalit writer and columnist.[1]

Background and education[edit]

Kanwal Bharti, the son of a cobbler, was born and raised in the slums of the Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh.[2] At the age of 15, he started writing poetry and articles to highlight the sorry condition of Dalits. While pursuing his graduate studies, Bharti became a columnist for the Hindi weekly newspaper Sahkari Yuga. After struggling for years in poverty, his poetry was discovered and he shot to fame.[citation needed]


His work has now been included in course books prescribed by Delhi University, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Allahabad University, Aligarh Muslim University and Lucknow University.[citation needed] His most notable works include two poems, Tab Tumhari Nishtha Kya Hogi and Shambook, besides a criticism titled Philosophy of Dalit Literature. Bharti has written 15 books.[citation needed]


Bharti was arrested on 6 August 2013 for criticizing the stand of the Government of Uttar Pradesh in the Durga Nagpal case.[3][4] On 16 August 2013, the Supreme Court of India asked the Government of Uttar Pradesh to clarify their justification for Bharti's arrest.[5]


Bharti is a recipient of the Dr Ambedkar National Award (1996) and the Bhim Ratna Award (2001) for his work.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Religion and Identity in South Asia and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Patrick, Steven E. Lindquist(ed.), Anthem Press (USA), p. 362, ISBN 978-0-85728-790-8
  2. ^ Omar Rashid (30 August 2013). "Education, not caste politics". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Writer Kanwal Bharti arrested for Facebook post supporting Durga Nagpal". Biharprabha News. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dalit writer held for FB post criticising Akhilesh, Azam over Nagpal suspension". Financial Express. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Supreme Court seeks explanation on arresting". Financial Express. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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