Kancha Ilaiah

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Kancha Ilaiah
Born (1952-10-05) 5 October 1952 (age 62)
Occupation Social activist, writer

Kancha Ilaiah (5 October 1952) is an Indian activist and writer. His books include Why I am not a Hindu, God As Political Philosopher: Budha's challenge to Brahminism, A Hollow Shell, The State and Repressive Culture, Manatatwam (in Telugu), and Buffalo Nationalism: A Critique of Spiritual Fascism.

Early life[edit]

Kancha Ilaiah was born in a village in a forest area in the Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh. His family belonged to the sheep-grazing KurumaGolla caste. His mother exercised a seminal influence on his thinking. She was a strong woman and the leader of her caste against the forest guards. She had allegedly died in one of the confrontations with police, being fatally injured while protesting, when she was 46.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kancha Ilaiah". Ambedkar.org. 16 November 2000. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 


  • Why I Am Not a Hindu: A Sudra critique of Hindutva philosophy, culture and political economy(Calcutta: Samya, 1996)
  • God as Political Philosopher: Buddha's Challenge to Brahminism (Calcutta: Samya, 2001)
  • Democracy in India: A Hollow Shell (edited by Arthur Bonner)
  • Buffalo Nationalism: A Critique of Spiritual Fascism (Calcutta: Samya, 2004)
  • Untouchable God: A Novel on Caste and Race (Kolkata: Samya, 2011)

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