Teltumbde being hounded for writing critical books, say activists at Pune Patrakar Sangh
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Teltumbde being hounded for writing critical books, say activists at Pune Patrakar Sangh

Teltumbde was arrested by the Pune police in the Elgar Parishad case in February for his alleged links with the banned CPI-Maoist outfit

pune Updated: Feb 11, 2019 18:57 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Anand Teltumbde(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Activists from socialist and leftist backgrounds converged at the Pune Patrakar Sangh on Sunday to condemn the alleged witch-hunt launched by the state to frame Dalit scholar Anand Teltumbde. Teltumbde was arrested by the Pune police in the Elgar Parishad case in February for his alleged links with the banned CPI-Maoist outfit.

The activists had gathered under the aegis of Dakshinayan, a writers’ and artistes’ movement against the rising intolerance in the country.

The activists held an open discussion related to fascism, neo-liberal Hindutva forces and suspension of constitution referring to the case of Teltumbde. The activists collectively said that Teltumbde was being targeted and framed for his critical anti-state writings, especially his book ‘Republic of Caste: Thinking Equality in the Time of Neoliberal Hindutva’ published by Navyana Publications.

“The straightforward and critical writing by Teltumbde in his book ‘Republic of Caste’ has irked the establishment as it exposes the wrongdoings of the right-wing forces and brings out the correct picture of the Indian hierarchical society where oppressed sections were undergoing the worst ordeal of their lives,” said writer Arun Khore.

Prashant Kothadiya, a social worker, said that writers speaking the truth about the government were being silenced as a part of a systematic strategy adopted by the state, which has become intolerant of criticism.

“Teltumbde has been falsely charged of sending emails. The police has gone ahead with the urban Naxalism theory based on the Vivek Vichar Manch report on Bhima Koregaon,” said writer Keshav Waghmare.

Sandesh Bhandare, co-ordinator of the event, said, “Dialogue, diversity and fearlessness was the need of the hour as freedom of speech was completely under attack from undemocratic and unconstitutional forces. The writers and artistes need to speak out against intolerance and fundamentalist forces who want to suppress the truth,” he said.

Also present on the occasion were NCP MLC Jaidev Gaikwad, Reknowned Scientist Naresh Dadich, Pramod Rana, President Uttar Bhartiya Hindi Bhashik Sangha, actor Amol Palekar, Ibrahim Khan of Swaraj Abhiyan and other activists from different fields.

First Published: Feb 11, 2019 16:52 IST