Indian Administrative Service officer
P Sivakami is an Indian Administrative Service officer of 1980 batch. She served as Secretary to Government, Adi-Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department (2001-2002) and was in charge of abolition of bonded labor project. She was also Special Commissioner, Employment and Training (2005-2007). In 2008 she took voluntary retirement in order to begin her new career in politics with the larger objectives of serving the poor, disadvantaged and to uplift the Dalit (the so-called untouchables) and women. Sivakami is a creative and prolific writer, poet. She has published five novels, four collections of short stories, five collections of essays two poetry collections. She has also written, directed and produced an award-winning short film. Most of her works in Tamil have been translated to English. Her first novel, “The Grip of Change” which she herself translated, was rated by BBC as among the Top-5 Favorite Novels from India. It has been prescribed as course material for Translation Studies in many colleges. Penguin published her novel in English translation “The Taming of Women.” The Sahithya Academy of India published “The Cross Section.” Sivakami has also been editing a literary monthly magazine in Tamil (Puthiya Kodangi) since 1995 by raising donations from the public. Sivakami is founder of Dalit Land Right Movement in 2004 and the Women’s Front in 2005. She also founded South India Dalit Writers’ and Artist’s Forum in 2002.