Set in the coastal Karavali region of Karnataka, Comasya ?hakk? is the story of Coma, a dalit bonded-labourer. Set in the pre-independent India, Comasya ?hakk? tells a poignant tale of dalit lives, and the suppression of their fundamental rights and identity through the character of Coma. Denied the right to even till and cultivate their own land due to their caste and identity, Coma and his children work as bonded-labourers for their landlord, Sankappayya. The plot of the novel follows the lives of Coma and his children and the tragedies that befall them. The original work in Kannada, Comana Dudi, was adapted into a well-acclaimed, national award winning film in the year 1975. Directed by B V Karanth, it won the Swarna Kamal, India’s National Award for the Best Film in the year 1976.