INDIA RESISTS condoles the sad demise of Prof. Tulsi Ram sincerely condoles the sad demise of Prof. Tulsi Ram

Prof. Tulsi Ram, a Dalit Buddhist Scholar and an expert on International Relation especially with a focus on Russia and Trans Caucasia died in early hours today on 13 February 2015 after prolonged illness. Hailing from a humble background in eastern Uttar Pradesh he rose up to become a faculty in Jawaharlal Nehru University at Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies. A life of struggle produced the best in him and he was able to dedicate himself for the cause of Dalits and other marginal groups in Indian society. As a political and social analyst too he contributed immensely in fighting the conservative and fascist elements in Indian society and polity. His autobiography ‘Murdahiya’ in Hindi details the agony and the struggle of being born in a Dalit family. He fought valiantly throughout his life against adverse and hostile situations. He made quite a big contribution in Dalit literature in Hindi in north India through his writings at regular intervals.

He held a Ph.D degree from the School of International Studies, JNU. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Oriental Studies at Moscow and St. Petersburg. He was a prominent critic on Indian Literature and Buddhism. He was currently working on Trans-Caucasia and Buddhism in Russia.

His life and mission would remain inspiration for a long time. Scholars and activists never die, they remain beacon lights for those who are involved in struggles and movements for making this world a better place.

He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

His body would be kept at his residence in JNU (in front of Kaveri Hostel) from 8.00 AM till 10.00 AM tomorrow (14 February 2015) and the cremation would take place at Lodhi Road Crematorium the same day at 12.00 noon.

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