Alarm Over Accusations Against Professor in India

February 22, 2019

Scholars around the world have been alarmed by the expected arrest of a prominent Indian professor, Anand Teltumbde, for allegedly plotting against the government, The New York Times reported. Police last year accused Teltumbde and other well-known writers, academics and lawyers of participating in a conspiracy to overthrow the Indian government. Nine people have been jailed, accused of helping Maoist insurgents, trying to procure grenade launchers, inciting a riot and plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Teltumbde, a critic of Modi's who has compared the prime minister to Hitler, has denied the accusations. Human rights activists say the allegations against him are part of a crackdown on intellectuals who criticize Modi and his government’s treatment of religious minorities and lower castes.

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