US-based Dalit writer Sujatha Gidla (55 years old) has won Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize-2018 for her debut book “Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India”.
Sujatha Gidla book was shortlisted by award panel form of other six contestants. It takes readers through four generations of her family at center and mainly her uncle KG Satyamurthy, a Maoist leader who founded Left-wing guerrilla movement called People’s War Group to overthrow Indian state.
Sujatha Gidla book also showcases undramatised lives of poverty, patriarchy, and rebellion, and encounter with subaltern Communism.
The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize is funded by the Shakti Bhatt Foundation. It was set up in 2008 in memory of young writer and editor Shakti Bhatti.
Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize honors first-time writers from Indian sub-continent for their outstanding work of fiction or non-fiction.
Shakti Bhatt First Book PrizeIt carries a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh.
Earlier, Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam had won the prize in 2017 for his debut novel “The Story of a Brief Marriage” set in the backdrop of the civil war