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Kanga, Firdaus (b. 1959)  
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In 1992 Kanga narrated Pratibha Parmar's television docudrama on disability and homosexuality entitled Double the Trouble, Twice the Fun. Also in 1992 he wrote and staged a play called A Kind of Immigrant. Not much is known about the play apart from the fact that it was once performed in London. In another of Parmar's documentaries, People First: Taboo (1993), he engages Hinduism's attitude towards disability, disputing the idea often foisted on disabled people that their suffering is the result of actions in a past life.

In 1997, Kanga moved to England permanently. He has subsequently lived in a home for disabled people in Islington, London. His health has not permitted him to do much writing since then, although in 2005 he wrote a short piece on homosexuality in India for the BBC website.

In 1997 Kanga's work was included in the canon-shaping Vintage Book of Indian Writing 1947-1997, edited by Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West.

Firdaus Kanga occupies a unique place in gay literature because of his claim to the dual marginality of being gay and being disabled. His nationality also makes him an important figure in the fields of postcolonial literature and Indian diaspora literature.

While his literary output is small, consisting of not much more than two books and a few articles and reviews (in his review of Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy [1993] he identified a gay subplot missed or ignored by most Indian reviewers), he can be seen as a pioneer in the field of Indian gay fiction and one of the most important writers to address the intersection of two forms of marginality.

Niladri R. Chatterjee

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Chatterjee, Niladri R. "Narratives of Resistant Marginality: Patrick White and Firdaus Kanga." Australian Literature: Identity, Representation and Belonging. Jaydeep Sarangi, ed. New Delhi: Sarup and Sons, 2006. 60-65.

Kanga, Firdaus. "Broken Bones and a Broken Heart." BBC News (July 5, 2005): 5 July 2005.

Nair, Anup C. "Identifying Handicaps and Surviving: Firdaus Kanga's Trying to Grow as a Tale of an Individual and a Community." Perspectives on Indian English Fiction. Jaydipsinh Dodiya, ed. Delhi: Dominant Publishers, 2002. 117-23.

Roy, Amit. "Hell on wheels." The Telegraph (Calcutta): (September 3, 2006): Look, 2.


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    Author: Chatterjee, Niladri R.  
    Entry Title: Kanga, Firdaus  
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