Telugu version of ‘Khairlanji’ released

Speakers at the release of Telugu translation of ‘Khairlanji’, a book written by Anand Teltumbde in English on the political-economic status of Dalits in the country, felt that class struggle is a must to eliminate caste system in the country.

The Telugu version translated by Prabhakar Mandara and Prashant, written in the backdrop of the massacre of a Dalit family at Khairlanji in Maharashtra in 2006, was critically acclaimed by all speakers including former secretary to the Prime Minister K.R. Venugopal, Prof. Ghanta Chakrapani, Prof. Y. Satyanarayana and publisher Bal Reddy of ‘Malupu’.

Prof. Satyanarayana felt the author should have been little more careful in criticising Marxism and Dalit movements. Mr. Venugopal said one chapter explained threadbare how media was acting on Dalit-related issues.

Stating that Laxmipeta incident had several similarities with Khairlanji, Prof. Chakrapani said the Telugu version would create sensation as the author was highly critical about Dalit leaders such as Prakash Ambedkar, Ramdas Athavale and former Governor R.S. Gavai alleging that they all tried to cover up the Khairlanji incident.

Author of the book Mr. Teltumbe said Dalits were regressing by searching for their sub-castes against annihilation of caste system professed by B.R. Ambedkar.