Rajendra Chenni, a professor of English at Kuvempu University, Shimoga, Karnataka, writes in Kannada and English. He has authored 12 books in Kannada and four in English. He has received several honours including the Karnataka State Sahitya Akademi Life time Achievement Award (2012), Karnataka State Sahitya Akademi Award (1987 and 2003), GSS Award (2009), and BA Sridhara Award (2012), and Vardamana Udayonmukha Award (1992). He has actively participated in several people’s movements in Karnataka—to protect the Baba Budan Giri shrine, against mining at Kudremukha, and for saving the Tunga River. Presently, he is convenor of Dakshinayana Karnataka, a collective of writers and artists against fascism.