Om Prakash Valmiki

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Omprakash Valmiki
Born(1950-06-30)30 June 1950
Barla village of Muzaffarnagar District in Uttar Pradesh, India
Died17 November 2013(2013-11-17) (aged 63)
Dehradun, India
Occupationwriter and poet
SpouseChanda Valmiki

Omprakash Valmiki (30 June 1950 – 17 November 2013) was an Indian Dalit writer and poet.[1] well known for his autobiography, Joothan, considered a milestone in Dalit literature.[2] He was born at the village of Barla in the Muzzafarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. After retirement from Government Ordnance Factory he lived in Dehradun where he died of complications arising out of stomach cancer on 17 November 2013.[3]

Besides Joothan (1997) Valmiki published three collections of poetry: Sadiyon Ka Santaap (1989), Bas! Bahut Ho Chuka (1997), and Ab Aur Nahin (2009). He also wrote two collections of short stories, Salaam (2000), and Ghuspethiye (2004). In addition, he wrote Dalit Sahitya Ka Saundaryshaastra (2001) and a history of the Valmiki community, Safai Devata (2009), Do Chera' (a play).[4]


  1. ^ Indian Literature : An Introduction. University of Delhi. Pearson Education India. p. 322. ISBN 978-81-317-0520-9. Retrieved 30 August 2011.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Nelavala, Surekha; University, Drew (2008). Liberation beyond borders: Dalit feminist hermeneutics and four gospel women. ProQuest. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-549-68988-1. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  3. ^ "ओमप्रकाश वाल्मीकि नहीं रहे - BBC Hindi - भारत". Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  4. ^ "Dalit writer Omprakash Valmiki no more - Times Of India". Retrieved 2013-11-20.

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