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I need your Support: Anand Teltumbde

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  I, an IIM-A alumnus, IIT Professor, Executive Director of BPCL, Ex-MD &CEO of Petronet India, Senior Professor and Chair, Big Data Analytics in GIM, author of 26 books, columnist in EPW, writer of innumerable articles, a noted scholar of caste-class and public policy issues, Leading Public Intellectual and Democratic and Educational Rights Activist face …

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Dronacharya Complex – Or Who Is The Intellectual?

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  Bobby Kunhu “The Mismeasure of Man treats one particular form of quantified claim about the ranking of human groups: the argument that intelligence can be meaningfully abstracted as a single number capable of ranking all people on a linear scale of intrinsic and unalterable mental worth.” – Stephen Jay Gould, “Mismeasure of Man” I …

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Battleground 2019: The Hindutva State and Bhima Koregaon

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Dr. N. Sukumar A nondescript panchayat village and census town under the administrative jurisdiction of Pune in Maharashtra has unexpectedly turned into the Ground Zero for the ballot battle of 2019. On January 1st 1818, in the village of Koregaon, the army of Peshwa Baji Rao was defeated by the British forces which also comprised …

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Bhima Koregaon and Dalit Bahujan Movement

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  Swati Kamble I began writing this piece over a month ago at the dawn of January 5th, after ruminating and having constant monologues with self about the violent attacks against Dalits in Bhima-Koregaon and the hunting down of protesting Dalit youth that followed in the next few days. I struggled to scribble down my …

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Mythifying History: A Response to Anand Teltumbde’s Reductive Interpretation of Bhima Koregaon

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  Gaurav Somwanshi I’ll save the trouble of rhetoric and get straight to the points. Though I’m posting paras and countering them, I’ll keep in mind the context too which the author refers to in his article.  1. Anand Teltumbde: “But when Babasaheb Ambedkar painted the Battle of Bhima Koregaon as the battle of Mahar …

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Bhima-Koregaon is History not a Myth: A Rejoinder to Teltumbde’s Lie

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  Ratnesh Katulkar Anand Teltumbde in a recent article claimed that the Dalits’ role in the legendary Bhima Koregaon battle is just a myth. But it is promoted well by the Dalits, including Dr Ambedkar. While leveling this charge Teltumbde, however, doesn’t present any evidence to support his argument. His approach in this statement was …

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Of Caste Massacres and Judicial Impunity: Bloodstains in Bathani Tola and Laxmanpur Bathe…

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  Anand Teltumbde (Text of the Third Comrade Naveen Babu Memorial Lecture, delivered by Anand Teltumbde)  At the outset let me thank DSU for giving me this opportunity to pay my homage to comrade Yalavarthi Naveen Babu, who was martyred at the young age of 35 in Andhra Pradesh. I personally knew Naveen as a …

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Delhi Gang Rape Case: Some Uncomfortable Questions

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  Anand Teltumbde The brutal attack and gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in Delhi on 16 December 2012 provoked countrywide angry reactions and foregrounded the issue of increasing incidents of sexual assaults on women in general and rapes in particular. It compelled the otherwise apathetic administration to take several exceptional measures such as …