Manoranjan Byapari is a Bengali writer and socio-political activist who is among the early writers of Dalit literature and is the Chairperson of West Bengal Dalit Sahitya Academy. He came to prominence with the publication of his influential essay Is there a Dalit writing in Bangla? In 2014 he was honoured with Suprabha Majumdar prize awarded by Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi and the Sharmila Ghosh Smriti Literary prize in 2015. The translation of his autobiography Interrogating My Chandal Life won the 2019 The Hindu Literary Prize in non-fiction. He was awarded with the KLF Book Award 2020 for “The Runaway Boy” translated by V Ramaswamy Eka, Westland.