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Ratan Lal, an associate professor at the University of Delhi who is in the news for his arrest following an objectionable social media post regarding the alleged discovery of a Shivling inside the Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi, runs a blog popular and a YouTube channel “Ambedkarnama” which carries socio-political commentary on various developments with particular focus on marginalized castes.

Several university professors describe Lal as an “Ambedkarite intellectual and historian”.

A local court granted Lal bail on Saturday. Students and teachers demonstrated on the UD campus on Saturday against his arrest and demanded his release.

Hailing from Muzaffarpur, Bihar, Lal’s elder brother is DSP in Bihar Police. Lal came to Delhi in 1991 and enrolled in Deshbandhu College to complete his degree. From 1991 to 1994, he studied history in college. He taught at Zakir Hussain College for a time. In 2000, he got a job at Hindu College.

During his MA at UA, he met the famous historian Dhirendra Jha. Jha advised Lal to continue in academia.

“Although he has an image of a fighter and a kind of troublemaker, the professors at Hindu College have a particular fondness for him. His goal has always been to assess situations from the point of view from Ambedkar,” said Suraj Yadav Mandal, a history professor at Swami Shraddhanand College, who has known Lal for almost three decades.

(With contributions by Hemani Bhandari)

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