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Kancha Ilaiah

Kancha Ilaiah
Born (1952-10-05) 5 October 1952
Papaiahpet, Warangal district, Telangana, India

Kancha Ilaiah (born 5 October 1952) is an Indian academician, writer and activist for Dalit rights.[1][2][3] His books include Why I am not a Hindu, Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan, Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution, God As Political Philosopher: Budha's challenge to Brahminism, A Hollow Shell, The State and Repressive Culture, Manatatwam (in Telugu), and Buffalo Nationalism: A Critique of Spiritual Fascism.


  • Early life 1
  • Professional life 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Kancha Ilaiah was born in the village of Papaiahpet, Warangal district, then in the state of Andhra Pradesh.[4] His family belonged to the sheep-grazing Kuruma Golla caste.[5] Ilaiah cited his mother as one of the influential people who shaped his political ideas.[6] According to Ilaiah, she was at the forefront of the Kurumas' struggle against the forest guards' discriminatory behavior, and she was killed during a violent confrontation while protesting against police brutality.[7]

Professional life

Ilaiah has an M.A. degree in political science and an M.Phil. awarded for his study of land reform in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.[4] He has been a recipient of the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Award and was a Nehru Fellow between 1994-97.[4] While working as an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Osmania University, several of Ilaiah's colleagues as well as academics affiliated with the university expressed, in an open-letter, their concern with respect to certain articles and opinions Ilaiah contributed to a local newspaper and advised him against writing material that could inflame sectarian discontent or prejudice.[4] Currently, he is serving as director of the Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in Hyderabad.


  • Why I Am Not a Hindu: A Sudra critique of Hindutva philosophy, culture and political economy (Calcutta: Samya, 1996)
  • God as Political Philosopher: Buddha's Challenge to Brahminism (Calcutta: Samya, 2001)
  • Democracy in India: A Hollow Shell (edited by Arthur Bonner)
  • Buffalo Nationalism: A Critique of Spiritual Fascism (Calcutta: Samya, 2004)
  • Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan, Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution (SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd, 2009)
  • Untouchable God: A Novel on Caste and Race (Kolkata: Samya, 2011)
  • Manatatwam (in Telugu)


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  4. ^ a b c d "The attempt to censor my writings is part of a larger game plan". Rediff. 24 May 2000. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Kancha Ilaiah". 16 November 2000. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Kancha Ilaiah". 16 November 2000. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  7. ^ "Kancha Ilaiah". 16 November 2000. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 

External links

  • Christianity Today interview with Ilaiah "Leading Dalit Rights Campaigner in India"
  • [1] Washington Post feature on Ilaiah's children's book.
  • interviewGhadar "The State of Dalit Mobilization: An Interview with Kancha Ilaiah"
  • DNA India Interview with Ilaiah "Institutes like IITs and IIMs should be closed down"
  • Article by Ilaiah "Merit of Reservations"

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