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Laxman Maruti Gaikwad, 1956-


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  1. Ucalya.
    5. avrtti. Pune : Srividya Prakasana, 2000.
    (LCCN: 89902007, LC has a different ed.)
    MP3 excerpts: pp. 1-9, pp. 19-20, pp. 23-24, pp. 27-29, pp. 32-37, pp. 42-43, pp. 47-50
  2. Dubhanga.
    1. avrtti. Mumbai : Vimukta Prakasana, 1998.
    (LCCN: 2001416072)
    MP3 excerpts: pp. 51-55, pp. 115-117
  3. Vadara vedana.
    Avrtti 1. Mumbai : Paracure Prakasana Mandira, 2000.
    (LCCN: 00411968)
    MP3 excerpt: pp. 1-4
  4. Cini matitila divasa.
    1. avrtti. Mumbai : Vimukta Prakasana, 1998.
    (LCCN: 00411967)
    MP3 excerpt: pp. 67-71

Born on July 23, 1956 in Dhanegaon, Latur District, Maharashtra, Laxman Maruti Gaikwad gained international recognition with the 1998 publication of The Branded, a translation of his autobiographical novel, Ucalya. Considered a masterpiece, his novel for the first time brings to the world of literature the trials and tribulations of his tribe, Uchalya, literally the pilferers, a term coined by the British who classified the tribe as a criminal tribe. His treatment of the Dalit theme, in which his own delicate subjectivity is a part, is widely acclaimed for its masterful sensitivity and supreme craftsmanship. He depicts in all their subtlety and poignancy the inner feelings, sufferings and emotional complexities of a tribe historically viewed as criminals.

He has been the President of Jankalyan Vikas Sanstha since 1986, and of Denotified and Nomadic Tribes Organization since 1990. He has received many prestigious awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1988.

He has four books to his credit. His work Ucalya has been translated into many languages.

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