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Dalit poet, PhD scholar at Central University of Karnataka found dead near university

Dalit poet, researcher, and translator Lakkur Anand was found dead near the Central University of Karnataka in Gulbarga district on Monday, May 20.

The 44-year-old was pursuing his PhD in the Kannada Department at the university.

Locals found Anand’s body and promptly alerted the authorities. Following a post-mortem examination, his body was returned to his hometown of Kolar, according to The News Minute.

The news website also noted that Minister Priyank Kharge facilitated the return of his body.

A native of Kolar district, Anand previously served as a Kannada lecturer at Kengeri Seshadripuram College.

His literary contributions include one research book, five collections of poetry, and five translated poetry works.

Throughout his career, Anand received numerous accolades, including the AnandKendra Sahitya Akademi Yuva Award, the Sri Sri Kavya of Andhra, the Dalit Sahitya Parishad Award of Delhi, the Du Nim Belagali Award, the Vibha Sahitya Award, the Kadengodlu Shankarabhatta Award, and the Dr. Tipperudra Swamy Award.

Anand’s friends took to social media to mourn his death.

“A tragedy beyond imagination,” wrote Rohini Vanjari, a social media user.


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