Bezwada Wilson in conversation with Perumal Murugan

24 December 2017

When writer Perumal Murugan met Magsaysay awardee Bezwada Wilson, they spoke about work, dignity and being human
Bezwada Wilson has been fighting for the eradication of manual scavenging for three decades now. 

Born in Kolar, Karnataka, to a family of manual scavengers, he founded the Safai Karmachari Andolan in 1994 with retired IAS officer S.R. Sankaran and Dalit activist Paul Diwakar. On August 15 this year, around 1 in the morning, Wilson had just returned to his home in Delhi after looking into the deaths of two manual scavengers. I was staying with him, and we fell into a long conversation. Even at that hour, he did not sound tired. Courtesy: The Hindu. Read more on this at:

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