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Do English Educated Become Christians?

Do English Educated Become Christians?

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy remained firm on the question of introducing English medium in Government schools and issued the orders to start the new education programme from 2020-21 academic year. Since then a new theory has been floated by forces that do not want the children of the poor and lower castes learn English. They do not[Read More…]

Countering Hypocrisy of Ruling Class on English Medium Education in Government Schools

Countering Hypocrisy of Ruling Class on English Medium Education in Government Schools

The Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy Government recently issued orders for implementation of English medium in Government schools from the academic year 2020-21. It said that from next academic year from class 1 to 6th all Government schools will teach in English medium with one subject compulsory in Telugu. The orders are issued almost seven months in advance before the academic year starts.[Read More…]

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BJP’s Linguistic Agenda Is Antithetical to Progress and Education

BJP’s Linguistic Agenda Is Antithetical to Progress and Education

Whom exactly does Amit Shah want to impose the learning of Hindi on in south India and the northeast? Clearly, this proposal is only applicable to poor children in villages who study at government schools. A few days ago, I was giving lectures around the Silicon Valley in California. The IT hub of the world, the Silicon Valley is the[Read More…]

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RSS admits Christian women are better educated: time to drop anti-conversion laws

RSS admits Christian women are better educated: time to drop anti-conversion laws

It was a pleasant surprise last week to come across a news report about the findings of a survey done by what was described as a ‘RSS think tank’ on the status of women in India. Besides claiming that married women and women who seek spiritual help are happier than others, it also acknowledged that employment was found to be[Read More…]

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How Much Grip Does Hinduism Has On Indian Communists? | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

How Much Grip Does Hinduism Has On Indian Communists? | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

The role of Hindu religion on the Indian state and governing forces is coming up for more and more discussion after the Bharatiya Janatha Party and the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh came to power in 2014 and 2019. However, one also needs to examine whether Hinduism has its grip on Indian communists. Only then we can understand their role around caste[Read More…]

Equality Is UnIndian: How To Make It Indian Is The Question | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Equality Is UnIndian: How To Make It Indian Is The Question | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

In my village in my childhood and now there was/is one common practice. Each occupation is performed by a single community. Each community has its own name. Tilling the land, shepherding or cattle rearing, fishing, toddy tapping, pot making, cloth washing, clothe weaving, barbering and chappal making, including handling of dead bodies of animals or humans are done by each[Read More…]

Will The Left Survive In India? | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Will The Left Survive In India? | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

2019 elections have hit the left parties harder than even the Congress. Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about the Congress Mukth Bharat, historically the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janatha Party wanted a Communist Mukth Bharat for definite. That is their stated long standing ideological position. They seem to be achieving this with a comprehensive understanding. The communists,[Read More…]

Intermedia Must Be Abolished In Two States | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Intermedia Must Be Abolished In Two States | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

The intermediate examination board of Telangana has created a massive systemic crisis. About 20 students have already committed suicide and many more are likely to die. The solution to this problem does not lie in just recounting the marks in the answer sheets nor does it lie in the revaluation of answer sheets. The problem is much bigger. It is[Read More…]

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd – Shudras Never Were Allowed To Learn A National Language

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd – Shudras Never Were Allowed To Learn A National Language

In the recent Parliament elections in the two Telugu states there was an interesting discussion: who speaks good English whether Chandrbabu Naidu or Jaganmohan Reddy or KCR? Three of them are Shudras. Chandrababu Naidu and KCR are first generation English learners, whereas Jaganmohan Reddy is a second generation English medium educated leader, as his father was a doctor and could[Read More…]

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First Dalit Collector Who Changed A Feudal District In The 1970s

Next to Hyderabad, Warangal is the second biggest city of the Telangana state. Most of the present Telangana state’s heritage symbols, Kakatiya Gate, and its tank based irrigation system go back to the history of Warangal, which, in the medieval and pre-medieval Telugu, was known as Orugallu. After this town became the capital of the famous Kakatiya dynasty in the[Read More…]

10 Percent EWS Reservation And The Unreserved Shudras

10 Percent EWS Reservation And The Unreserved Shudras

After the central Government has reserved 10 percent seats to the castes of general category the Andhra Pradesh Government brought out a GO allocating 5 percent of the seats and jobs to only Kapu community of the state. The remaining 5 percent is meant for the other unreserved castes. As it is well known that the Kapus have been fighting[Read More…]

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Anand Teltumbde was arrested over the Bhima Koregaon case – A Celebration he strongly opposes

Anand Teltumbde was arrested over the Bhima Koregaon case – A Celebration he strongly opposes

Teltumbde is a popular Dalit scholar and activist and his writings expressing deep disagreements with Maoists are very much in the public sphere. How did the state miss seeing them? On February 2, Dalit scholar and intellectual Anand Teltumbde was arrested from Mumbai domestic airport by the Pune police around 3:30am — very promptly after his anticipatory bail petition was[Read More…]

Pinarayi Vijayan’s Social Reform Has Defeated the Sabarimala Protests

Pinarayi Vijayan’s Social Reform Has Defeated the Sabarimala Protests

After the Ayyapa jatara ended on January 14 with the so called ‘Makara Jyothi’ appearing for the devotees at Sabarimala, Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister of the Left front government, emerged a skillful social reformer and good administrator. The Narendra Modi government deployed its Kerala wing to push him against a wall by opposing the implementation of the Supreme Court judgment in 2018 lifting the ban[Read More…]

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Harappa To Ayyappa

Harappa To Ayyappa

Harappa! We are all your descendants You shepherded the first civilization You built the first city in the East You domesticated the early animals Goat, sheep, buffalo, dog and donkey. You made the first pot, brick, bronze tools You built the first tank, boat and building. You were God’s Own Man. Brahma came and burnt all your civilization Indra damaged[Read More…]

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Sabarimala row: While he defends ‘tradition’, will PM Modi also guarantee protection to Bindu and Kanakadurga?

Sabarimala row: While he defends ‘tradition’, will PM Modi also guarantee protection to Bindu and Kanakadurga?

The entry of two women devotees, Bindu and Kanakadurga, into the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple on January 2 led to widespread violence in the state of Kerala. The violence, which erupted during the bandh call issued by the BJP and allied organisations on January 3, saw not just damage of public property but also the loss of a[Read More…]

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Why Pinarayi Vijayan must take the RSS-BJP head-on in the Sabarimala fight. The fight is now for more than the one temple

Why Pinarayi Vijayan must take the RSS-BJP head-on in the Sabarimala fight. The fight is now for more than the one temple

In rural Andhra Pradesh, there is a proverb that is reportedly used by rapists against their victims, “Allow me to rape you — or I’ll cut my own organ [presumably, the penis].” The saying reflects deep-seated misogyny and chauvinistic tendencies. The threat of self-immolation now emerging from Thiruvananthapuram against the Supreme Court order that allowed women of all age groups[Read More…]

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RSS/BJP And The Shudra Neo-Slaves

RSS/BJP And The Shudra Neo-Slaves

What is the status of Shudras who constitute the largest social bloc in India? In the North India, the Yadavs, Kurmis of Bihar, Yadavs and Jats of Uttar Pradesh, Gujjars of Rajsthan, the Shudras of Bengal, who are still outside the bracket of Bhadralok, the Patels of Gujarat, Marathas and Kumbis of Maharashtra, Lingayats, Vakkalingas of Karanataka, Nairs and Menons[Read More…]

Preface To Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd’s Autobiography “From A Shepherd Boy To An Intellectual–My Memoirs”

Preface To Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd’s Autobiography “From A Shepherd Boy To An Intellectual–My Memoirs”

  This is  the Preface of the just released Autobiography of Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd entitled “From A Shepherd Boy To An Intellectual–My Memoirs”. Published by Samya/Sage (Select) New Delhi. Countercurrents reproduces the introduction.   PREFACE I never intended to write a memoir. My two books Why I Am Not a Hindu and Post-Hindu India, generated debate and controversy among the Brahmin-Baniya[Read More…]

Delhi University Proposes To Remove My Books From The Syllabus

Delhi University Proposes To Remove My Books From The Syllabus

The meeting of the Delhi University Standing Committee for Academic Affairs, according to media reports, in its meeting on 24 October, 2018 has recommended to drop teaching of my three books for M.A. Political Science course. The three books are ‘Why I am not a Hindu’, ‘God as Political Philosopher: Buddha’s Challenge to Brahminism’; and ‘Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in[Read More…]

Shabarimala Temple Entry: All Shudras Must Oppose  NSS Manuvadam

Shabarimala Temple Entry: All Shudras Must Oppose  NSS Manuvadam

  The Nair Service Society (NSS) is supporting the most destructive anti-women Anti-Shudra Manuvadam in the name of Shabarimala temple’s sanctity . The Nair men for centuries surrendered the Nair women’s self respect to the Brahmin males in worst Manuvadi system called Sambandam.  The Brahmin men exploited the Nair women worse than the slave masters exploited the African American women[Read More…]

A Call  To Shudra/OBC/SC/STs To Celebrate October 5 As Indian English Day

A Call  To Shudra/OBC/SC/STs To Celebrate October 5 As Indian English Day

I appeal to all the Shudra/OBC/SC/STs to celebrate the Indian English Day on 5 October, 2018 as we have no significant place in the world of English even after 201 years of English education in India. The first ever Indian English school was started in 1817 in October by William Carey and Rajram Mohan Roy. But the Shudra/OBC/SC/STs are excluded[Read More…]

How Vedic Brahminism Stunted The Development Of Sciences

How Vedic Brahminism Stunted The Development Of Sciences

After the Bharatiya Janatha Party came to power and ruled the nation for two terms from 1999-2004 and 2014 to present a lot of propaganda by the Brahminic pundits belonging to that ideology clamour that all modern sciences, originated in Europe, America and China and Japan is no match to the Vedic science that the ancient Brahminism has built. Particularly[Read More…]

How Brahmins Negated The Progress of India

How Brahmins Negated The Progress of India

In my earlier article “Shudras Built The Indus Valley Civilization!”   I argued that the Agni and Vayu worshipping Rigvedic Aryans might have caused the destruction of 1500 years of Harappan and post-Harappan civilization. My broad thesis that the South Indian names and spiritual cultures match with the productive and spiritual cultures of Harappan civilization is confirmed by the DNA analysis[Read More…]

Shudras Built The Indus Valley Civilization!

Shudras Built The Indus Valley Civilization!

The archaeological evidence shows that the first ever city—Harappa– was built in the Indian Sub-continent around 2850-2900 Before Christ in the world. The name Harappa sounds like a South Indian divine man’s name among agrarian and cattle herding communities. For example, Mallappa, Beerappa, Veerappa are very famous names in South India. In Kannada and Telugu regions the names that end[Read More…]

While Kerala Is Under Flood Waters The Right Wing Is Spewing Venom!

While Kerala Is Under Flood Waters The Right Wing Is Spewing Venom!

Kerala is reeling under the worst ever floods in its history. Since this is state that has a long sea coast and many rivers the unprecedented flooding has damaged the whole economy of the State. Hundreds of people died, thousands of cattle died. Several thousands of people are trapped in the inaccessible flood waters. When I enquired from friends living[Read More…]

What Is My Philosophy? -Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

What Is My Philosophy? -Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

After I wrote Why I am Not a Hindu and Post-Hindu India  the Brahmin- Banias ( the castes that control Hindu spiritual system and the whole business system of India) communities of Telugu states threatened to kill me. Several cases were filed against me. The intellectuals from these two most wealthy and most educated communities ask me: What is your[Read More…]

India’s Dalit Spring, The OBCs And The Hindutva Game Plan – Kancha Ilaiah

India’s Dalit Spring, The OBCs And The Hindutva Game Plan – Kancha Ilaiah

The other day a friend of mine said “What India is witnessing is a rule of radical Hinduism, like radical Islamic, radical Christian and radical Buddhist rule in the world at different phases. In any radical religious party or organization’s rule democracy does not survive”. I did some research on this question of radical religion ruling the state and its[Read More…]

T-MASS: A New Experiment In Ambedkarite-Marxist Alliance

T-MASS: A New Experiment In Ambedkarite-Marxist Alliance

  The newly formed organization popularly called T-MASS is a registered organization under the Telangana Government’s Registration Act with a name “Telangana Mass and Social Organizations”. Under its broad umbrella many Ambedkarist, Phuleite, communist, humanist, women organizations are working with a broad philosophical framework of Mahatma Phule, Ambedkar and Karl Marx. Its banners always carry the portraits of these thinkers[Read More…]

Ambrose Pinto: A God’s Man Who Walked The Talk

Ambrose Pinto: A God’s Man Who Walked The Talk

  Ambrose pinto’s death after struggling with treacherous cancer for about Six months on 3 January of 2018 made me feel that this year would be bad for Dalits. His smiling face, hopeful of change, keeps flashing through my mind. I last met him when I gave a special lecture at Indian Social Institute Benuluru on January 20, 2017, in[Read More…]

Why I’m Denied My Right Of Speech? – Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Why I’m Denied My Right Of Speech? – Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

In spite of the fact that the Supreme Court of India in its three judge bench judgment on October 12, 2017 said that my book ‘Smajika Smugglerlu-Komatollu’ cannot be banned, the Arya Vysyas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are trying to attack me wherever I go to speak in meetings and seminars. The latest is their attempt at Khammam on[Read More…]

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What Does Jai Sriram Poster Mean?

  As the debate on the Arya-Vysya attack against me was taking place at the national and international level two things have happened. One, the Chandrababu Naidu Government in alliance with BJP in Andhra Pradesh arrested me in my home on 28 October, so that I would not go to Vijayawada (Amaravathi) and attend the public meeting. This public meeting[Read More…]

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Posters Appear Threatening To Kill Dr Kancha Ilaiah

Posters Appear Threatening To Kill Dr Kancha Ilaiah

Dr Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd whose book “Smajika Smugglerlu: Komatollu’’ angered the Hindutva forces posted threatening posters in front of his house. According to Dr Kancha Ilaiah these posters which appeared on 4th November night is a warning to attack or kill him. He has filed a complaint to The Station House Officer, Osmania University, Hyderabad. Here is the full text[Read More…]

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BJP’s Two Dramas And Nationalism

  The Sangh Parivar elements that worked hand in glove with Arya Vysyas, who wanted to lynch me at Parkal on 23 September, after the TDP Parliament member T.G Venkatesh issued a threat on 17thSeptember came with true colours.  They caught hold of just 22 year old Dalit boy, who sported big saffron tilak on his forehead and said that[Read More…]

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Clarification About My Association With Christians: Kancha Ilaiah

One of the recurring accusations of the recent Arya Vysya agitators and their associate Paripurnanada Swamy, a hater of St. Mother Theresa and Christian human service, against me is that I have a Christian agenda behind my writing. This is absolutely false. I have some academic association with an organization called the Good Shepherd Society that established an English medium[Read More…]

I Am Losing Faith: Kancha Ilaiah

I Am Losing Faith: Kancha Ilaiah

As I and Dr. Bheenaveni Ramaiah (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Osmania University), one of my relatives, my Driver narrowly missed a major murderous attack at Parakal, Bhupalpally district on 23/9/2017 by the Arya-Vysya forces at 4.45 pm. In this context, I am issuing this statement. They were about 30 and more people with big stones in their hands at the[Read More…]

Threat To Kill Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd By TDP M.P T.G Venkatesh

Threat To Kill Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd By TDP M.P T.G Venkatesh

T.G. Venaktesh, an extremist Arya Vysya leader held a press conference on 18/9/2017 in a luxury hotel in Hyderabad with an extremist, conspitorial Arya Vysya team and issued a threat against me that he would kill or hang me in the streets. This person is an MP from the TDP and supposed be the richest man after Gandi Madhava Rao[Read More…]

What Is Social Smuggling?

What Is Social Smuggling?

The concept Social Smuggling I coined in my book Post-Hindu India (Sage 2009) has generated a law and order issue, created by the Arya Vysya organizations of the two Telugu States. The Vysya Associations have issued a death threat to me for applying this concept to the Vysya model of caste based business historically leading to a massive amount of[Read More…]