Chikkala Kranthi Kumar obtained his doctoral degree in Anthropology in 2011 from the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India. He is associated with the Centre for Equity and Social Development (CESD), National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, and is involved with a number of projects related to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Chikkala has published papers in the Journal of Asian and African Studies (JAAS) and contributed chapters to various edited volumes. He has presented several research papers in national and international conferences and participated in the World Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) during 2009 in China. He is actively engaged with the social issues and development activities of Dalits and marginalised communities of South India.