“My thirty years of academic life has been destroyed in five minutes. They asked me ‘why are you reading Mao”, “why are you reading Marx”, “why are you having the songs of Gaddar’ and ‘why are you keeping the photos of Ambedkar and Phule instead of gods and goddesses’. They also asked me ‘why do you want to become an intellectual, why can’t you be happy with the money you are getting?’ I am happy, but I have to read and teach.” -Prof. Satyanarayana
Maharashtra and Telangana Police raided the residence of Prof. K. Satyanarayana, the Head of Cultural Studies department and the Dean of School of Inter-Disciplinary Studies in EFL University, Hyderabad. The raid was part of the larger raids and arrests of eminent scholars and activists across the country alleging connection with the protests at Bhim Koregaon. Prof. Satyanarayana was given no prior intimation regarding the raid and him along with his family was in fact imprisoned inside the house for the whole day. He was not allowed to come out of the house and talk to his colleagues and students who had gathered outside his residence. Prof. Satyanarayana said that the police conducted the raid without citing any valid charge against him other than the fact that he is the son-in-law of the prominent social activist and poet Varavara Rao. He also said that the Police confiscated the laptops, hard discs, pen drives and all the academic materials from his house and blocked his phone and email. Students and teaching and non-teaching faculties have condemned the illegal and arbitrary raid and called for a protest.