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Kumud Pawade was born to a Mahar family in Nagpur in 1938. She was a witness to the Deekshabhumi conversion in 1956.[1] Pawade is a professor of Sanskrit. She has written and published articles on Vedic Smritis, classical literature and women's movement along with Phule-Ambedkarite ideology. Pawde is the president of the All India Progressive Women's Organisation which was established in Nagpur in 1974. Pawade has also authored a book- Antahspot ('The Inner Burst').[2]

Early life and background[edit]

Pawade's grandfather was a social activist for the Scheduled Castes Federation (SCF) a political party in India founded by Dr. Ambedkar. Following him, Pawade's mother too joined hands with social activism. She passed normal school training. She worked as a caretaker and teacher for Dalit children. Pawade's father was a Phulewadi. [1]

Pawade found interest and great eagerness to learn about Sanskrit through her teacher at her school, Gokhale Guruji.[3]

Hailing from Mahar community, she is the first woman to complete her masters in Sanskrit literature. However, it was difficult to for her to find jobs in colleges in Maharashtra because she was not a Brahmin.[1]

Antasphot (The Inner Burst)[edit]

According to Pawade Antasphot is not an 'autobiography' but a critical sketch of her experiences. Her book is an attempt to analyse the experiences of individuals and communities. Pawade's argument is that analysis of the lives of women cannot exclude the exploitation based on gender. She believes that Dalit women are the victims of double exploitation.[4]


Kumud Pawade was awarded with Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 by an organisation called Dr. Ambedkarite Movement of Culture and Literature.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Lokayat (2018-05-22), In Conversation with Kumud Pawade, retrieved 2019-03-14
  2. ^ Sharmila, Rege (2013) [1999]. Writing caste/writing gender : reading Dalit women's testimonios. New Delhi: Zubaan. ISBN 9789381017920. OCLC 833574705.
  3. ^ "Kumud Pawade in her autobiography recounts how a Dalit woman became a Sanskrit". www.coursehero.com. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  4. ^ Sharmila., Rege (2013) [1999]. Writing caste/writing gender : reading Dalit women's testimonios. New Delhi: Zubaan. ISBN 9789381017920. OCLC 833574705.
  5. ^ "प्रा. कुमुद पावडे यांना 'जीवनगौरव'". Maharashtra Times (in Marathi). 2017-04-30. Retrieved 2019-03-14.