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Roanna Gonsalves

Roanna Gonsalves

About Roanna Gonsalves

Roanna Gonsalves is an Indian Australian writer and academic. Her series of radio documentaries entitled On the tip of a billion tongues, (Earshot, ABC RN Nov-Dec 2015) is an acerbic socio-political portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. She received the Prime Minister’s Endeavour Award 2013, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP, 2016 Forthcoming fiction).

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https://roannagonsalves.com.au/

We Need to Talk about Caste: Roanna Gonsalves Interviews S Anand

It was a cool inner west Sydney evening in May 2015, alive with families out to dinner and bookshops open late. It was also one week after four Dalits were sexually abused, murdered, and their homes set on fire in Rajasthan, India, and three weeks before a Dalit girl in a village in Madhya Pradesh, India was beaten up because her shadow fell on an upper caste man. It was with the knowledge of such a blood-marked backdrop of systemic oppression, with the privilege of being innoculated from it, with the increasing awareness of its noxious roots and consequences, I began a conversation with Indian publisher and writer S Anand. He is the founder-publisher at Navayana, and co-author of Bhimayana and Finding My Way.

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