Anand Teltumbde

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Anand Teltumbde
OccupationProfessor, writer

Anand Teltumbde is an Indian professor, scholar, author, and civil rights activist.[1][2] He has written extensively about the caste system in India and advocated for the rights of Dalits.[3][4][5]

Personal life and education[edit]

Teltumbde was born in Rajur, a small town in the western state of Maharashtra, to Dalit farmers.[1][3] He has a younger brother.[3] His wife, Rama, is a granddaughter of B. R. Ambedkar.[3]

He has a mechanical engineering degree from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and a Doctor of Literature (D Litt) from Karnataka State Open University.[6] He also has a PhD in cybernetic modelling.[1]


Teltumbde was an executive at Bharat Petroleum and managing director of Petronet India Limited before becoming an academic.[3][7][8] He was previously a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.[9]

He is a senior professor at Goa Institute of Management.[10][7] He is a long-time contributor to Economic and Political Weekly, in which he writes a column entitled "Margin Speak".[11] He has also contributed to magazines that include Outlook,[12] Tehelka,[13] and Seminar.[14][15]

2019 arrest[edit]

On 29 August 2018, the police raided Teltumdbe's home and accused him of having a connection to the 2018 violence in Bhima Koregaon as well as involvement in a Maoist plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[1][16] Teltumbde denied the allegations and sought to quash the complaint against him, but his petition was denied by the Bombay High Court.[2] Although he was granted interim protection from arrest by the court, he was arrested by police in Pune on February 3. He was released later that day after a court ruled his arrest was illegal.[2][17] After his release, Teltumbde accused the government of harassment and attempting to criminalize dissent.[18]

The Washington Post reported that Teltumbe was arrested as part of "a government crackdown on lawyers and activists" who are critics of Modi.[3][17] More than 600 scholars and academics issued a joint statement in support of Teltumbde, condemning the government's actions as a "witch-hunt" and demanding an immediate halt to the actions against Teltumbe.[19][20] In addition, over 150 organizations and intellectuals—including Noam Chomsky and Cornel West—signed a letter to United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres, describing the charges as "fabricated" and calling for the UN to intervene.[17]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Radical in Ambedkar (Ed.) (Penguin Random House, New Delhi, 2018)[21]
  • Republic of Caste: Thinking of Equality in the Era of neoliberalism and Hindutva (Navayana, New Delhi, 2018)[22]
  • Dalits: Past, Present and Future ISBN 1138688754 (Routledge, London and New York, 2016)
  • Introduction to B R Ambedkar's India and communism (Left Word, New Delhi, 2016)
  • Mahad: The Making of the First Dalit Revolt (Aakar, New Delhi, 2015)[23]
  • Scripting the Change (Ed.) (Danish, Delhi, 2011)
  • The Persistence of Caste ISBN 9781848134492 (Zed Books, London, 2010)[24]
  • Khairlanji: A Strange and Bitter Crop (Navayana, Delhi, 2008)[23]
  • Anti-Imperialism and Annihilation of Castes (Ramai, Mumbai, 2005)[23]
  • Hindutva and Dalits: Perspectives for Understanding Communal Praxis (Ed.) (Samya, Kolkata, 2005)[23]
  • ‘Ambedkar’ in and for the Post-Ambedkar Dalit Movement (Sugawa, Pune. 1997)


  1. ^ a b c d Sampath, G. (16 February 2019). "Who is Anand Teltumbde, and why was he arrested recently?". The Hindu.
  2. ^ a b c "Koregaon-Bhima case: HC rejects civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde's plea seeking quashing of FIR". The New Indian Express. 21 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Masih, Niha (21 February 2019). "He is a prominent anti-Modi intellectual. The Indian government wants him behind bars". The Washington Post. Teltumbde has been swept up in a government crackdown on lawyers and activists. The activists targeted in the investigation are advocates for India's most disadvantaged communities, including indigenous tribal people and Dalits, once called 'untouchables.' They also are vocal critics of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  4. ^ Jodhka, Surinder S. (4 August 2018). "Caste in a New Mould". Indian Express.
  5. ^ Bhatia, Tanushree (20 January 2019). "IIMA faculty speak up in solidarity with Anand Teltumbde". Daily News and Analysis.
  6. ^ Deshmukh, Chaitraly (3 February 2019). "Court rules against Pune police's Elgaar arrest".
  7. ^ a b "Anand Teltumbde". Goa Institute of Management. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Anand Teltumbde – Executive Profile". Bloomberg. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Anand Teltumbde". Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  10. ^ Gauree Malkarnekar (29 May 2018). "GIM's introduces country's first programme in Big Data Analysis".
  11. ^ "Margin Speak". Economic and Political Weekly. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  12. ^ Teltumbde, Anand (20 August 2012). "It's Not Red Vs Blue". Outlook India.
  13. ^ Teltumbde, Anand (24 May 2011). "The false Dalit of capital". Tehelka. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  14. ^ Teltumbde, Anand (28 February 2012). "Identity politics and the annihilation of castes". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  15. ^ Teltumbde, Anand (30 July 2011). "Corruption and injustice". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  16. ^ Kulkarni, Sushant (30 January 2019). "Elgaar Parishad: Prosecution claims to have evidence to show Teltumbde involved in insurgent activities". Indian Express.
  17. ^ a b c Schultz, Kai; Gettleman, Jeffrey; Kumar, Hari (20 February 2019). "Indian Professor Who Compared Modi to Hitler Is Waiting to Be Jailed". The New York Times. Human rights activists say the allegations are part of a crackdown on intellectuals who criticize Mr. Modi's record, especially his government's treatment of religious minorities and lower castes.
  18. ^ Chitnis, Purva (5 February 2019). ""Urban Naxal An Oxymoron," Says Activist Anand Teltumbde Accused In Koregaon-Bhima Case".
  19. ^ "Academics Demand Dropping Charges Against Teltumbde, Other Activists". The Wire (India). 7 February 2019.
  20. ^ "U.S., European scholars come out in support of Teltumbde". The Hindu. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  21. ^ Bhardwaj, Ashutosh (17 February 2019). "Radical Ambedkar: Analysing divergent personas of the leader". Financial Express.
  22. ^ "Anand Teltumbde". Jacobin. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  23. ^ a b c d "Anand Teltumbde". Penguin Books India. Penguin Random House. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  24. ^ "The Persistence of Caste – The Khairlanji Murders and India's Hidden Apartheid". University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 26 April 2019.