University Teachers Forum Hyderabad Condemns the Raid at Prof Satyanarayana’s House

The following is a statement signed by 143 teachers of Hyderabad, released by the University Teachers’ Forum Hyderabad, condemning the police raid at the residence of Prof K. Satyanarayana recently.

We university teachers of Hyderabad hereby strongly register our protest against the arbitrary, ill-mannered raid on the residence of Dr. K. Satyanarayana, Professor of Cultural Studies and Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the EFL University on 28 August 2018.

Early in the morning of 28 August, a police team from Maharashtra accompanied by some Telangana policemen and women, forced themselves into the apartment residence of Prof. Satyanarayana and his wife Pavana without showing them any authorizing document and proceeded to ransack and vandalise the entire flat for over eight hours.

The document that they eventually produced authorized the search ostensibly to find Mr. Varavara Rao, who had already been house-arrested at his own flat by another team. There was no mention of any charges against Prof. Satyanarayana himself. In violation of all rules and conventions, this document was in Marathi, was never presented at the time of entering the residence, and no explanation was offered as to the purpose of their raid. The team left having turned the entire flat upside down taking with them three laptops, a tablet and hard drive apart from some books and papers. Prof. Satyanarayana’s accumulation of research done over 30 years is now in danger of being completely destroyed.

An internationally renowned scholar of Cultural Studies and a pioneering author and editor in the field of Dalit Studies, Satyanarayana co-edited the two-volume anthology of New Dalit Writings from South India: No Alphabet in Sight (vol 1) and Steel Nibs are Sprouting (vol 2), Exercises of Freedom, as well as the volume of Dalit Studies, the first effort of its kind.

He has been a Dalit scholar and has devoted his entire time as an academic to the pursuit of knowledge and research into issues affecting dalits.

Dr. Anand Teltumbde is a senior professor at Goa Institute of Management and also one of India’s most active social science researchers writing on dalit issues. He has published several articles and books including Republic of Caste: Thinking Equality in the Time of Neoliberal Hindutva and has been a regular and popular contributor to the EPW on various topics.

The raids on the residences of these two scholars, along with other activists and lawyers across India, suggest a pattern of targeting anyone associated with dalits, women and other marginalized sections, in order to silence all opposition.

We condemn these raids and demand that the materials taken away after the raids be returned to the respective scholars.

We appeal to liberal and democratic forces to exercise vigilance against illiberal regimes whose actions are destructive of the very fabric of our democracy.

Contact: Parthasarathi Muthukkaruppan (9908788297) & K. Srinivasulu (9866479935)

  1. Abdul Rahman Ansari, TISS, Hyderabad
  2. Akash Gautam, University of Hyderabad
  3. Alok Verma, NALSAR University of Law
  4. Amit Upadhayay, TISS, Hyderabad
  5. Amita Dhanda, NALSAR University of Law
  6. Anjali Lal Gupta, University of Hyderabad
  7. Aparna Lanjewar Bose, EFL University Hyderabad
  8. Arjun Sengupta, TISS, Hyderabad
  9. Aruna B. Venkat NALSAR University of Law
  10. Aseem Prakash, TISS, Hyderabad
  11. Ashwini Kumar Pendyala, NALSAR University of Law
  12. Asma Rasheed, EFL University Hyderabad
  13. B Ashok, Osmania University
  14. Eswar, University of Hyderabad
  15. Satyavati, Osmania University
  16. Bhangya Bhukya, University of Hyderabad
  17. Bibhu Prasad Nayak, TISS, Hyderabad
  18. Bishwanath Dash, BITS, Hyderabad
  19. Channa Basavaiah, Osmania University
  20. Deepa Srinivas, University of Hyderabad
  21. Didla Grace, EFL University Hyderabad
  22. Dipak Morey, University of Hyderabad
  23. Sathya Prakash, University of Hyderabad
  24. Ekta Singh, TISS, Hyderabad
  25. Sridevi, University of Hyderabad
  26. Vijay, University of Hyderabad
  27. Gade Mallikarjun, NALSAR University of Law
  28. Gayatri Nair, TISS, Hyderabad
  29. Gracious Temsen, University of Hyderabad
  30. Hariprasad A, EFL University, Hyderabad
  31. Harjinder Singh Laltu, Hyderabad
  32. Hemanga Dutta, EFL University Hyderabad
  33. Hota Agnikumar, NALSAR University of Law
  34. Indranil Dutta, EFL University Hyderabad
  35. Ipsita Sapra, TISS, Hyderabad
  36. Jacob Tharu, EFL University Hyderabad
  37. Jaisingh, EFL University Hyderabad
  38. Joby Joseph, University of Hyderabad
  39. Johny Stephen, TISS, Hyderabad
  40. K Jagan, Osmania University
  41. K Kiran, Osmania University
  42. K Rajesh, Osmania University
  43. Laxminarayana, University of Hyderabad
  44. Srinivasulu, Osmania University
  45. Kancha Ilaiah, Osmania University
  46. Karunakar Peda, TISS, Hyderabad
  47. Khairunnisa Nakathorige, MANUU, Hyderabad
  48. Kinda Nagesh, Osmania University
  49. Krithi S, TISS, Hyderabad
  50. Lavanya Suresh, BITS, Hyderabad
  51. M Chiranjeevi, Osmania University
  52. M Ravi, T, Osmania University
  53. T. Ansari, University of Hyderabad
  54. Madhava Prasad, EFL University Hyderabad
  55. Madhumeeta Sinha, EFL University Hyderabad
  56. Malvika Tyagi, NALSAR University of Law
  57. Manjari Katju, University of Hyderabad
  58. Maxine Berntsen, TISS, Hyderabad
  59. Maya Pandit, EFL University Hyderabad
  60. Mohan Dharavath, TISS, Hyderabad
  61. Murali Karnam, Hyderabad
  62. Murali Krishna, TISS, Hyderabad
  63. Muthyala Udaya, EFL University, Hyderabad
  64. Manohar Reddy, NALSAR University of Law
  65. Purendra Prasad, University of Hyderabad
  66. Satish, Osmania University
  67. Neelam Singh, EFL University Hyderabad
  68. Neha Pathakji, NALSAR University of Law
  69. Nikhila H, EFL University, Hyderabad
  70. Anupama, University of Hyderabad
  71. L. Vishwesh Rao, Osmania University, Hyderabad
  72. Salah, University of Hyderabad
  73. Thirumal, University of Hyderabad
  74. Panthukala Srinivas, EFL University Hyderabad
  75. Parthasarathi Muthukkaruppan, EFL University Hyderabad
  76. Pinaki Nandan Pattanaik, NALSAR University of Law
  77. Poulomi Bhattacharya, TISS, Hyderabad
  78. Prashant Kain, EFL University Hyderabad
  79. Prashant Reddy, NALSAR University of Law
  80. Vijay, University of Hyderabad
  81. Rahul Kamble, EFL University Hyderabad
  82. Rahul Menon, TISS, Hyderabad
  83. Rajesh K.P, TISS, Hyderabad
  84. Rajesh Kapoor, NALSAR University of Law
  85. Raju Nayak, EFL University Hyderabad
  86. Rama Melkote, Osmania University
  87. Ramana Murthy, University of Hyderabad
  88. Ranjith Thankappan, EFL University Hyderabad
  89. Ratnam, University of Hyderabad
  90. Rekha Pappu, TISS, Hyderabad
  91. Ritesh Khunyakari, TISS, Hyderabad
  92. Durga Bhavani, University of Hyderabad
  93. Sachi Madhavan, EFL University Hyderabad
  94. Saheed, MANUU, Hyderabad
  95. Sanjay Kumar, EFL University Hyderabad
  96. Sanjay Palshikar, University of Hyderabad
  97. Santosh Kumar Verma, TISS, Hyderabad
  98. Santosh Raut, EFL University Hyderabad
  99. Sareen Chatla, EFL University Hyderabad
  100. Saveen Souda, Osmania University
  101. Satish Poduval, EFL University Hyderabad
  102. Shaji Sadasivan, University of Hyderabad
  103. Shankar Sampangi, Osmania University
  104. Sheela Prasad, University of Hyderabad
  105. Sherin Basheer, EFL University Hyderabad
  106. Shilpaa Anand, MANUU, Hyderabad
  107. Shivarama Padikkal, University of Hyderabad
  108. Shobha Naresh, University of Hyderabad
  109. Shyam Babu, EFL University Hyderabad
  110. Sidharth Chauhan, NALSAR University of Law
  111. Sireesha, University of Hyderabad
  112. Sonia Sawhney, TISS, Hyderabad
  113. Sowmya Dechamma, University of Hyderabad
  114. Srinivas Lankala, EFL University Hyderabad
  115. Srinivas Surisetti, TISS, Hyderabad
  116. Sriparna Das, University of Hyderabad
  117. Sudhanshu Kumar, NALSAR University of Law
  118. Suneel Mamadapur, University of Hyderabad
  119. Suneetha Rani, University of Hyderabad
  120. Sunita Mishra, University of Hyderabad
  121. Surendra Singh Negi, EFL University Hyderabad
  122. Susie Tharu, EFL University Hyderabad
  123. Syed Ashfaq Hussain, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
  124. T T Sreekumar, EFL University Hyderabad
  125. Kannan, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
  126. Sobha Rani, University of Hyderabad
  127. Tariq Sheik, EFL University Hyderabad
  128. Tharakeshwar V B, EFL University Hyderabad
  129. Ujithara Ponniah, TISS, Hyderabad
  130. Uma Bhrugubanda, EFL University Hyderabad
  131. Uma Maheshwari Chimirala, NALSAR University of Law
  132. Usha Raman, University of Hyderabad
  133. V Kumaraswamy, Osmania University
  134. J. Varghese, University of Hyderabad
  135. Vageeshan Harathi, NALSAR University of Law
  136. Venkat Reddy, EFL University Hyderabad
  137. Venkatesh Vaditya, EFL University Hyderabad
  138. Venkatesham, Osmania University
  139. Venkateswaralu, Osmania University
  140. Venkatrao B, EFL University Hyderabad
  141. U. TISS, Hyderabad
  142. Vivek Mukherjee, NALSAR University of Law
  143. Wilson Naik, University of Hyderabad


2 thoughts on “University Teachers Forum Hyderabad Condemns the Raid at Prof Satyanarayana’s House”

  1. Misuse of the police by Hindutwa forces is sign of their desperation but it also tells us how our systems have been susceptible to partisan manipulation. It will not deter the democratic forced from carrying on. The immediate task of course is to increase the index of opposition unity. Will judiciary start looking at the violation of laws by police and its tendency of succumbing to political pressured more seriously?

  2. Whatever has happened needs to be condemned unequivocally but one should also remember that the raids in Hyderabad or any other place were not confined to institutional academics alone. Among those whose houses were raided in Hyderabad but who were not arrested was journalist Kranti Tekula, whose mother, who was suffering from heart disease, lost her consciousness during the raid but was not allowed to be taken to hospital. The cops reportedly also jeered and refused to allow her to be given any medical aid. Following this, the day after raid, Tekula was also thrown out of his job without any notice or compensation. As renowned academics and conscious citizens of this country, is it too much to ask that such support statements should at least mention incidents such as these? This selective condemnation of attack on institutional academics alone makes it look like such attacks need to be condemned only when it happens to world-renowned scholars, while the others can be left at the mercy of the ruthless state. Moreover, if the purpose of this statement is only to address the attacks on institutional academics, one should at least mention Soma Sen, since this is not the first time such attacks are taking place. This is possibly the bare minimum one can expect from great academics such as you all who are shaping tomorrow’s generation.

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