Thursday, September 06, 2007

Poet Namdeo Dhasal

Here's a post I wrote on Caferati replying to a post by David Raphael Israel regarding the prominent Dalit poet Namdeo Dhasal who was hospitalized recently. When the press wrote about how he didn't have money to pay his bills Amitabh Bachchan came to his rescue and contributed Rs 5 lakh.

"Namdeo Dhasal is a revolutionary dalit poet who has many admirers. He is also an activist for the rights of the downtrodden lower caste people of India. His poetry reflects the anger and rage of black poets in the US of A and speaks out against oppression, discrimination and bias of an age-old system.

"Recently the poet was in the news as he was hospitalized following a debilitating illness and didn't have the money to pay his medical bills.

Film star Amitabh Bachchan who contributed Rs 5 lakh to pay his bills came to his rescue and reportedly he is making progress. Shows the Big B has a big heart too!


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