Laxman Gaikwad lives in Mumbai and is the author of novels like Uchalaya (The Branded) which was awarded the Maharastra Gourav Puraskar, and the Sahitya Akademi award. He has actively participated in the Labor Movement for the rights of Labor, and has worked to solve the problems of farmers and worked for slum dwellers, as well as experimenting with cooperative farming for the weaker sections on Government wastelands. His other novels include: Dubang, Chini Mathachi Divas, Samaj Sahitya Ani Swathantra, Wadar Vedna, Vakila Pardhi, Utav and A Swathantra Konasati. He was awarded the Sahitya Ratna Anna Bhau Sathe Puraskar in 2000, the SAARC literary award, 2001, and the Gunther Sontheimer Memorial Award in 2005. He is presently working as Convener of Sahitya Academy, and President of all India Denotified Nomadic Tribes.