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Ganesh Devy

A renowned literary critic and activist Ganesh N. Devy was a former professor of English at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and is the founder director of the Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Vadodara and Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh, Gujarat which were established to create a unique educational environment for the study of tribal communities. He was awarded Padma Shri on 26 January 2014 in recognition of his work with denotified and nomadic tribes education and his work on dying-out languages. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for After Amnesia, and the SAARC Writers’ Foundation Award for his work with denotified tribals.
In October 2015 as a mark of protest and in solidarity with other writers who sees a threat to Indian democracy, secularism and freedom of expression and “growing intolerance towards differences of opinion” under the Modi government Dr. G. N. Devy returned his Sahitya Akademi Award.