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Verse And Valour: A Bahujan Poet’s Lonely Fight With Goa’s Influential GSB Community

Former BJP MLA Vishnu Wagh’s 'Sudhirsukta' challenged and lyrically raged against the overwhe­lming social dominance of Goa’s inf­luential Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) caste. Wagh belonged to the Bahujan Samaj, a collective of non-Brahmin castes.

The Caste Thread Art by Kalidas Mhamal (2014), fibreglass, wood, rosary, caste thread & mirror

Between 2016-2017, one paralytic stroke felled two victims in Goa. Well-known poet, writer and former BJP MLA Vishnu Wagh was one. The other was Konkani, the state’s official language.

That year, as Wagh lay speechless, his body contorted from paralysis and his once-broad torso and belly covered in a mesh of wires, pipes and other medical appendage, the small universe of Konkani literature also turned paraplegic.

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