The Ballad of Bant Singh: : A Qissa of CourageÂ
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On the evening of 5th January 2006, Bant Singh, a Dalit agrarian labourer and activist in Punjab’s Jhabar village, was ambushed and brutally beaten by upper-caste Jat men armed with iron rods and axes. He lost both his arms and a leg in the attack. It was punishment for having fought for justice for his minor daughter who had been gang-raped. But his spirit was not broken, and he continues to fight for equality and dignity for millions like him, inspiring them with his revolutionary songs and his courage.
Journalist and writer Nirupama Dutt tells Bant Singh’s story in this powerful book which is both the biography of an extraordinary human being and a comment on the deep fault lines in Punjabi and Indian society.
Nirupama Dutt is Chandigarh's home-grown poet, journalist, literary and art critic and translator of many seasons who has written and edited several books. She writes in both Punjabi and English. She received the Punjabi Akademi Award for her anthology of poems, Ik Nadi Sanwali Jahi (A Stream Somewhat Dark). Her poetry anthologies have also come out in English and Hindi. Her translations include Stories of the Soil (translation of 41 stories from Punjabi), Poet of the Revolution (translation of the memoirs and poetry of Lal Singh Dil), Pluto (short poems by Gulzar) and The Last Weave, (the Kabir poems by Yatindra Mishra). At present she is translating three novellas by Amrita Pritam and working on a novel of her own.