Poomani wins top honour for Subaltern Saga Agnaadi

Eminent novelist Poomani, 67, has won the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil Literature, 2014, for his fictional, historical novel Agnaadi, a fascinating narration, yet a painful storey of the infamous 1899 Sivakasi riots – when the Nadar community fought the opporession by dominant communities and demanded entry into a Hindu temple. Poomani has narrated the history of subaltern people living in Karisal Bhoomi (black soil) in the interior part of southern Tamil Nadu in his literary works. “Caste and religious politics pursued for ages by Indian society have not yet been eliminated. Rather, they are operating powerfully in the 21st century but covertly under the vocabularies of democracy and secularism,” he said.

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