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On the History and Memory of the Battle of Koregaon

On the History and Memory of the Battle of Koregaon

The Wire / by Dwaipayan Sen

The site and its associated meanings have thus only further cemented their reputation as a source of resistance to a Brahminical order.
A range of views characterise recent discourse concerning Mahar involvement in the famed Battle of Koregaon of 1818 that brought to an end Peshwa rule in western India and led to the rise of the East India company-state’s rule in the region.
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Devanur Mahadeva: Release Anand Teltumbde immediately

Devanur Mahadeva: Release Anand Teltumbde immediately

Times of India / by TNN

Mysuru: Dalit writer and activist Devanur Mahadeva oined hundreds of activists and rationalists from across the country on Thursday, demandingthe immediate release of activist and writer Anand Teltumbde.
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DSS STAGES PROTEST, DEMANDS RELEASE OF DR ANAND TELTUMBDE

14/05/2020

City Today / by CTBUREAU_HS

Mysuru: Dalita Sangharsha Samiti (DSS) staged a silent protest alleging the government has arrested scholar Dr Anand Teltumbde purposefully and demanded his immediate release.
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Anand Teltumbde’s pursuit of Ambedkar’s radical civility

Anand Teltumbde’s pursuit of Ambedkar’s radical civility

Forward Press / by V. Geeta

On 14 April 2020, the 129th anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, Prof Anand Teltumbde handed himself over to the custody of the National Investigation Agency as ordered by the Supreme Court in the Bhima Koregaon case. Drawing on Teltumbde’s writings, V. Geetha argues that it is the real, radical Ambedkar that he looks up to, not the toned-down version of Ambedkar that the civil order and the State is comfortable with.
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Hindi Newspapers Look Away as Anand Teltumbde Is Arrested

Hindi Newspapers Look Away as Anand Teltumbde Is Arrested

The Wire / by Aman Abhishek

In the aftermath of the Teltumbde’s arrest, his prescient comment calling media ‘subservient’ appears remarkably accurate.
Anand Teltumbde is a world-renowned public intellectual known for his rigorous analysis of the caste system in India. Perhaps one could have imagined, or at least hoped, that his arrest on the day of Ambedkar Jayanti would have generated a detailed coverage in the mainstream Hindi media, especially since the charges against him are very clearly directed at his intellectual work – he is accused of inciting caste-based violence and of being an “urban Naxal”.
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As Anand Teltumbde is about to go to jail, an editor pays tribute

As Anand Teltumbde is about to go to jail, an editor pays tribute

The Wire / by S Anand

S Anand, Teltumbde’s publisher at Navayana, recounts his uncompromising clarity and forthrightness.
“Every thinking Indian is a potential ‘urban Maoist’; it is just the mercy of the police that such Indians are not all under arrest.” Anand Teltumbde, 30 June 2018, in ‘Economic and Political Weekly.’
To expect such small mercies – because you studied or taught at IITs and IIMs, because you have a PhD in cybernetics, because you chair Big Data Analytics at a premier management institute, and because you are married to Babasaheb Ambedkar’s granddaughter – is clearly folly.
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Dalit leaders condemn Anand Teltumbde’s arrest on 14 April

Dalit leaders condemn Anand Teltumbde’s arrest on 14 April

The Caravan / by Siddesh Gautam

Dalit leaders condemned the SC’s order to arrest Anand Teltumbde. Teltumbde is married to Ambedkar’s granddaughter. The Caravan published the full, unedited text of the statement:

Jai Bhim!
Coinciding with the upcoming Ambedkar Jayanti, Dr. Anand Teltumbde, one of India’s foremost public intellectuals and the strongest legatee of Babasaheb Ambedkar’s tradition of struggling for a truly democratic India, will be complying with the Supreme Court’s order to surrender to the jail authorities. He will be surrendering on the 14th April 2020, between 12 noon – 2 pm at the Sessions Court in Mumbai. This is both tragic and shameful for all Dalits, Adivasis, OBC, and minorities on many counts for all of India.
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Condemn the SC’s denial of relief & stand in solidarity with all voices for peoples’ rights!

Condemn the SC’s denial of relief & stand in solidarity with all voices for peoples’ rights!

CASR posters, 2018

By Campaign Against State Repression (CASR)

The Campaign Against State Repression (CASR) calls on all democratic organisations and individuals to come together and condemn the denial of relief for Prof. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha, stand in solidarity with all such voices of democracy and demand the immediate release of all political prisoners. Our unity at this time of crisis is all the more urgent and necessary for our silence in the time of injustice is bound to render us voiceless in the days to come. Let us unite and demand:
1. Immediate reprieve from arrest of Prof. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha.
2. Immediate release of all political prisoners lodged in jails all over the country, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
3. Immediate release of all under-trial prisoners and persons convicted on minor charges to decongest prisons.
4. Action (with restraint in light of COVID-19) against the perpetrators of violence in the Bhima Koregaon case including Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote.
5. Repeal of all draconian laws like UAPA, NSA and PSA, among others.

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UK Organisations condemn imminent arrest & demand release of all political rights activists

UK Organisations condemn imminent arrest & demand release of all political rights activists

aisa solidarity posters

Documented by Countercurrents

The police in the State of Maharashtra, India, acting at the behest of the central BJP Hindutva government, is forcing the arrest of Professor Dr Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha under August 2018 fabricated charges, accusing them of involvement in violence that occurred at Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018. …
To redeem the situation Indian government and the judiciary must:
– Grant bail to Dr Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha
– Immediately release all falsely implicated in the Bhima Koregaon case
– Release all Political Prisoners
– Repeal UAPA, NSA, AFSA and all other draconian laws

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A letter to Anand Teltumbde, on his way to jail

A letter to Anand Teltumbde, on his way to jail

The Wire / by Vijay Prashad & Sudhanva Deshpande

‘You are being sent to jail because you are part of a tidal wave of dissent against this government and what it has done to Indian democracy.’

Dear Anand,
On Monday, there will probably be a knock on your door. Police officers are likely to arrive to arrest you. They will carry with them a range of papers, a file overflowing with notes that refer to the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Indian Penal Code.
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IIMA students, faculty start signature campaign for prof Anand Teltumbde

IIMA students, faculty start signature campaign for prof Anand Teltumbde

Drawing by Arun Fereirra

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

Over 250 students, faculty and alumni of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) on Friday started a signature campaign seeking extension of date for surrendering issued to Professor Anand Teltumbde, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
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‘AT LEAST DELAY THE ARREST OF TETUMBDE, NAVLAKHA’

03/04/2020

The Hindu / by Special Corresponent

More than 5,000 individuals and over 15 organisations around the world have pleaded that the impending arrest of activist-academics Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha be delayed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Sign statement: Global Solidarity Statement for Dr. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha