Dr G.N. Saibaba was born into a peasant family in Amalapuram, Andhra Pradesh. He was struck by polio in early childhood which left him paralysed in his lower limbs. Despite his disability, he obtained his M.A. in English from Hyderabad University and his PhD from Delhi University and became a professor of English at Ram Lal Anand College. A human rights activist since his student days, he was arrested in May 2014 and lodged in Nagpur jail before being sentenced to life imprisonment in March 2017. Ram Lal Anand college terminated his services in April 2021.