Good Shepherd: Dalit thinker Kancha Ilaiah on name, caste

Sudipto Mondal, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | Updated: May 27, 2016 13:55 IST

Kancha Ilaiah, one of India’s most prominent Dalit thinkers and author of Why I am not a Hindu, has come under attack for allegedly calling Brahmins “lazy” and “gluttons”.

Ilaiah, who says he has changed his name to Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, was repeatedly threatened and insulted – on the phone, social media, the streets and in TV studios – after he delivered a lecture at the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) conference in Vijayawada.

When Hindustan Times last met him on May 16, two television crews and a large, angry group from a state-level Brahmin association were camped outside his chamber at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad.

They all wanted to know why he had called Brahmins ‘lazy and gluttonous’, with the ringing landline phone repeatedly interrupting the commotion of a dozen people shouting.

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