Anand Teltumbde: “The foremost task is to save India in the 2019 elections…”

Anand Teltumbde: “The foremost task is to save India in the 2019 elections…”

  Unlike many well-meaning people, I am not enamoured of our founding fathers who deliberately squandered the opportunity of constituting the post-colonial state as it was laid out for the people in the Preamble to the Constitution: We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign, democratic republic and to…

How the term “naxal” is used to target dalits, tribals and other subaltern sections of Indian society

How the term “naxal” is used to target dalits, tribals and other subaltern sections of Indian society

On 28 August, five activists were arrested by the Pune police in a joint raid in several cities. Apart from the activists, K Satyanarayana and Anand Teltumbde’s houses were raided by the police. The Pune police, in contempt of court, has released alleged doctored letters connecting them to an event that took place in Bhima…

Letter to The Hindu

Letter to The Hindu

To, Mr Mukund Padmanabhan, The Hindu, Chennai. Dear Sir, A friend whatsapped me a clip of a news item published in The Hindu of today instant under the heading “Activist held meets abroad: police” in which in reference to me the following lines are written: “The arrested accused claimed they needed to stoke violence and…

“Ruling classes and castes use reservations as a prop to inflict more violence upon dalits”: Anand Teltumbde

“Ruling classes and castes use reservations as a prop to inflict more violence upon dalits”: Anand Teltumbde

Anand Teltumbde's latest book of essays, Republic of Caste, brought out by Navayana, is one of the most important additions to the understanding of caste. Here, the author discusses some of the major concerns of the book with Souradeep Roy, member of the editorial collective of  the Indian Cultural Forum.   Souradeep Roy (SR): You…

India’s Fascist Democracy

India’s Fascist Democracy

Jackson Pollock, Untitled, ca. 1943/ metmuseum.org On May 2, 2017, the present ruling dispensation eventually confirmed the suspicions of sceptics about India being a democracy. The Attorney General, Mukul Rohatgi, told a Supreme Court bench of Justices, A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, that citizens could not claim “absolute” right over their bodies. He waxed…