Anand Teltumbde is a leading public intellectual and civil rights activist. He is currently general secretary of the Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights and is associated with the All India Forum for Rights to Education as a member of its presidium. Teltumbde is a regular contributor to Economic and Political Weekly,where he writes a monthly column titled ‘Margin Speak’. He regularly contributes to progressive journals like Mainstream, Frontier, Seminar and most leading English and Marathi newspapers. Among his significant books are The Republic of Caste (2018), Dalits: Past, Present and Future (2016), Mahad: The Making of the First Dalit Revolt (2016), ThePersistence of Caste (2010), Khairlanji: A Strange and Bitter Crop (2008), Anti-Imperialism and Annihilation of Castes(2005), and Hindutva and Dalits: Perspectives for Understanding Communal Praxis (ed., 2005). An engineer with management qualifications from India’s top institutes, Teltumbde has been the CEO of a holding company. He currently teaches in a business school of IIT, Kharagpur.