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Basavaraj Naika M.A. Ph.D.Litt(California)is currently professor emeritus at Karnataka University, Dharwad India.
A bilingual witter, he has published more than seventy creative and critical works both in English and kannda. His first short story collection. The Thief of Nagarahalland other stories was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Fiction prize for the bestfirst book from Eurasia in2000
He has won the Gulbarga University Award, the olive read click Award from Hyderbad the Gemini Academy award from basha Bharati Book Award and Life Time Achievement Award to literature.