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Immediate and Complete Withdrawal of all Charges against Dr. Anand Teltumbde

We the undersigned demand the immediate withdrawal of the fabricated charges by the Pune police against Dr. Anand Teltumbde, Senior Professor and Chair, Big Data Analytics at the Goa Institute of Management. Dr. Teltumbde is one of India’s leading contemporary public intellectuals and an internationally known scholar. He is the longest-standing columnist at the Economic and Political Weekly (one of India’s best-known internationally acclaimed social science journals), General Secretary of the Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR), and presidium member of the All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE). Dr. Teltumbde is a prolific writer, with twenty-six books (in English and Marathi) and research articles on data analytics, cybernetics, caste-class and public policy issues. His most recent publications include Republic of Caste and the co-edited anthology The Radical In Ambedkar: Critical Reflections by Penguin Random House. His writings have been translated into several Indian languages.

Over his long career, Dr. Teltumbde has consistently been on the side of social justice, democracy, and the Indian Constitution. His books and articles are taught in universities the world over. He has supported democratic struggles in the country against caste- and religion-based violence as a representative of very large numbers of ordinary people whose voices and hopes he bears. His writings --scholarly, technical, and popular-- have been very central to India's critical thinking. His lengthy resume demonstrates his far-reaching contributions to several fields of academic inquiry, as well as to bringing about progressive social change.

Despite his professional success, which could have meant a luxurious and carefree retirement, Dr Teltumbde has instead contributed his intellect and experience back to our society via teaching, writing and contributing to democracy through people's movements. Dr. Teltumbde has been invited by organizations/forums worldwide for his scholarship and he has always expressed his views on making India progressive, inclusive and harmonious.

It is preposterous that Dr. Teltumbde is facing imminent arrest under the undemocratic Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) based on a fabricated case filed by the Pune police in India under which ten other eminent persons, including human rights activists, lawyers, and public intellectuals, are already under arrest. The case relates to the organizing of a peaceful meeting on 31st December, 2017 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Last Anglo-Maratha battle, which took place at Bhima-Koregaon, Maharashtra, India, where large numbers of Dalit soldiers were martyred. Justice P. B. Sawant, a retired judge of the Supreme Court, and Justice B. G. Kolse-Patil, an ex-judge of the Bombay High Court, were co-organizers of this event. In point of fact, Dr. Teltumbde was not even present at the event.

Following it, several fabricated letters addressed to a "Comrade Anand" were released by the Pune police as ‘evidence’ for the justification for his arrest. Each of the so-called charges by the Pune police has been refuted with documentary proof by Dr. Teltumbde. Notwithstanding this proof, the false charges have continued in a concerted campaign to intimidate and silence Dr. Teltumbde. As is very well known, under the UAPA, these fabrications are enough to detain Dr. Teltumbde. We therefore demand that all charges against Dr. Teltumbde be dropped immediately and that justice prevail on the side of truth.

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1. Ambedkar International Mission, AIM USA
2. Ambedkar International Mission, AIM, Canada
3. Ambedkar International Mission, AIM, Australia
4. Ambedkar International Mission, AIM, Oman
5. Ambedkar International Mission, AIM, UAE
6. Ambedkar International Mission, AIM, Qatar
7. Ambedkar International Mission, AIM, Japan
8. Ambedkar International Mission, AIM, Malaysia
9. Ambedkar International Mission, AIM, Brunei
10. Ambedkar International Mission, AIM, India
11. Ambedkar Association of North America (AANA), USA
12. Ambedkar International Center (AIC), USA
13. Boston Study Group (BSG), USA
14. Equality Labs, USA
15. Ambedkarite Buddhist Association of Texas (ABAT), USA
16. Guru Ravidas Sabha, New York, USA
17. Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (PASC), USA
18. Ambedkar King Study Circle (AKSC), USA
19. India Civil Watch, USA
20. India Civil Watch, Canada
21. South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), Vancouver, Canada
22. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Association for Education (BAIAE), Japan
23. Ambedkar Mission, Canada
24. Ambedkar International Mission, London
25. CasteWatch UK
26. International Commission for Dalit Rights, USA
27. Samyak Prabodhan Pratishthan, Bangalore, India
28. South Asia Research and Resource Centre (CERAS), Montreal, Canada
29. Punjabi Literary and Cultural Association, Winnipeg, Canada
30. Democracy, Equality and Secularism in South Asia, Winnipeg, Canada
31. Dr Ambedkar Buddhist Organization, Birmingham
32. India Network of USA
33. American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin
34. Dr Ambedkar Mission Society Incorporated Australia
35. Sri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Australia
36. Sri Guru Ravidass Sabha, France
37. CPI(M-L) Liberation
38. Dalit Women's Network for Solidarity
39. Tamil Nadu Alternative Journalists and Writers Forum
40. Students of Harvard University
41. Kaamgaar Patrika, Mumbai
42. Shiksha Satyagrah
43. Dalit Intellectual Collective
44. Kabilar Pari Friendship Study Circle, California
45. Buddha Dhamma Association
46. Siddhartha Foundation, Bangalore
47. Ambedkar Mission Society, Bedford, UK
48. SOAS India Society
49. All India People's Forum
50. Punjab Buddhist Society
51. All India Samta Saink Dal
52. Dalits Media Watch
53. VNIT Development and Public Policy Forum
54. Arakshanvadi Abhiyanta Vicharmanch
55. CPI(ML) Liberation Karnataka
56. Navayana
57. Manavatavadi Bahuudeshiya Sanstha, Maharashtra
58. Episcopal Diocese of New York and DC
59. Coalition for a Democratic India, USA
60. Friends for Education International, USA
61. Global Empower Network
62. AISA
63. Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers
64. International Association of People's Lawyers
65. Progressive organisation for women
66. Savitribai Ambedkar Study Circle
67. Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
68. Students Uprising Movement for Social Welfare (SUMS) TN
69. Ohol Art Studio
70. Tamil Nadu Youth Party
71. Sanghakaya Foundation
72. Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia
73. South Asia Solidarity Group, UK
74. Dalit Solidarity Forum, UK
75. Dalit Solidarity Forum, USA
76. Babasaheb Ambedkar Study Circle
77. Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus
78. Progressive Students' Forum, Mumbai
79. Telangana Save Education Committee
80. Anti Caste Discrimination Alliance, UK
81. Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations, UK
82. Students Uprising Movement for Social Welfare (TN)
83. Manidhan Padhippagam, Tamil Nadu
84. Ek Potlee Ret Ki
85. New Internationalist
86. IWA (GB)
87. South Asia Multidiciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ)
88. Anti Imperialist Movement (AIM), Tamilnadu
89. The Feminist Collective
90. Ambedkar Times
91. Bahujan Agitational movement
92. National Campaign to Save Bahujan movement
93. Student-Youth Coordination Against Police Atrocity In Kerala

Student, staff and faculty of:

94. The American University of Paris
95. City University of New York
96. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
97. William Paterson University of New Jersey, USA
98. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
99. Harvard University
100. University of Edinburgh
101. Simon Fraser University
102. University of Göttingen
103. University of Oklahoma
104. University of London
105. King's College London
106. School of Oriental and African Studies
107. Indian Institute of Management
108. University of Massachusetts, Boston
109. CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS
110. Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), Germany
111. University of Cincinnati
112. University of California Santa Cruz
113. Bowdoin College
114. Cornell University
115. Columbia University
116. University of Pennsylvania
117. Ghent University
118. York University
119. American University
120. IIT, Mumbai
121. University of Delhi
122. The University of Texas, Austin
123. University of Michigan
124. Williams College
125. O.P. Jindal Global University
126. Virginia Tech
127. Worcester State
128. Catholic University Leuven
129. Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Vilnius University
130. Australian National University
131. University of Southern California
132. IIAS, Leiden
133. University of Namibia
134. Birkbeck, University of London
135. London School of Economics
136. University of Illinois at Chicago
137. IIT Kharagpur
138. IIT Bombay
139. Jawaharlal Nehru University
140. University of Hyderabad
141. National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration
142. Tata Institute of Social Sciences
143. West Bengal State University
144. Bharathidasan University, Tamilnadu, India


Individuals:

145. Noam Chomsky
146. Cornel West
147. Christophe Jaffrelot
148. Jean Dreze
149. Sukhadeo Thorat
150. Vimal Thorat

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