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Caste Realities in India Today -- Struggles and Challenges

Dr. Anand Teltumbde

La conférence sera donnée en anglais.

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In 1947 India became an independent country after centuries of British colonial rule. The constitution of the post-colonial nation guaranteed equal rights to all.  However seven decades later many inequalities remain, the most glaring and entrenched being caste.  But this has not been without resistance by those most oppressed by caste -- Dalits and Other Backward Castes (OBCs).  Dr. Anand Teltumbde will speak to caste oppression and exploitation, organizing to resist and challenges, in the context of a neoliberal, class, communal and caste polarized India today.

Anand Teltumbde is a professor of business management who is also a leading public intellectual writing and speaking on the issues of caste, class, peoples’ struggles, public policy and democratic politics in India today. He has written extensively in leading newspapers, and magazines, published organizational pamphlets and booklets as an aid to struggling masses, lectured widely in India and abroad, and authored 20 books which have been translated into many Indian languages. He is a regular contributor to the Economic and Political Weekly and regularly contributes to Mainstream, Frontier, Seminar and several English and Marathi newspapers.

Born in a family of landless laborers in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, he was active in student politics. He has been involved in struggles of construction workers and casual labour in West Bengal and in the struggles of textile workers, 
slum dwellers and contract labour in Mumbai. He is associated with the Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) and with the All India Forum for Rights to Education (AIFRTE).

Emplacement : Université de Montréal, 3744 Jean-Brillant, salle 580-31 (5ème étage)