Author Ashis Nandy, who stoked a controversy with comments that people from
OBC, SC and ST were the "most corrupt" today left Jaipur skipping the rest of
the literature festival even as a fresh complaint was moved against him and the
police sought video footage of his yesterday's session.
"Investigation into the matter is going on. We have sought the video footage of
yesterday’s session in which he made the remarks and also his clarification to
be put on record," Additional Commissioner of Police Girraj Meena told PTI
"We have been informed by the organisers that Nandy left the city today but
proper action will be taken once the initial probe is over," he said.
Nandy was to address a session on 'Hindi English Bhai Bhai' at the festival this
morning but failed to turn up even as the SC/ST Rajasthan Manch, which had filed
a police complaint against him, held protests in the city.
The five-day Jaipur Literature Festival is to end tomorrow.
In Nashik, a complaint under the Prevention of Atrocities Act was today filed by
a citizen against Nandy for his controversial comments.
"The complaint was filed in Sarkarwada police station by Samadhan Jagtap seeking
Nandy's arrest under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention
of Atrocities) Act", said an officer from Sarkarwada police station.
Earlier, an all-party delegation, comprising leaders of MNS, Shiv Sena, BJP, RPI
and Dalit organisations, under the banner of Bahujan Samaj Sangharsh Samiti,
submitted a memorandum to police seeking registration of complaint against the
Hours after he made the remarks, an FIR was lodged with the police against him
in Jaipur under Section 506 IPC (criminal intimidation) and the Scheduled Castes
and Scheduled Tribes(Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
"It is a fact that most of the corrupt come from OBCs and Scheduled
Castes and now increasingly the Scheduled Tribes," Nandy had said participating
in a session at the Festival yesterday.
Nandy's comments triggered a storm with BSP chief Mayawati and LJP leader Ram
Vilas Paswan demanding registration of case under SC/ST Act against Nandy.
Mayawati wanted him to be jailed immediately. Congress, BJP, JD(U), CPI as also
the SC Commission Chairman P L Punia condemned his remarks.
The author sought to play down the issue, saying he would apologise if he had
However, when questioned further, he said, "I don't apologise at all because I
hold it very close to my heart. I was, in fact, supporting the cause of those
who are marginalised and those who are in minority and those who are oppressed.
I have spent all my life supporting their causes and will continue doing it."
He said he actually meant that if people from OBC, SC and ST indulge in
corruption, it is "corruption indeed" while those from upper caste can go
According to police sources in Jaipur, the officer, who has been assigned the
case, is on leave, an issue raised by the protesters.
When asked if the investigating officer is on leave, Meena said, "The probe is
on and I will seek a clarification from the officer if required."
Investigating Officer Sumit Gupta, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ashok
Nagar), did not respond to repeated calls.
Janesh Singh, SHO Ashok Nagar police station, where the FIR was filed against
Nandy and the organiser Sanjoy Roy last evening over the remarks, said that the
statements of the complainant and the organiser would be recorded.
Rajpal Meena of the SC/ST Rajasthan Manch, who lodged the complaint, along with
his supporters today protested against Nandy and the organiser at Ambedkar
"We are demanding immediate arrest of Nandy for derogatory remarks against STs
and the organisers of the festival for allowing him to make the controversial
remarks," the complainant said.
"It is surprising that the IO is on leave. It gives the impression that the
police want to protect him but we are not going to sit quiet," he said.
Local activists also protested near the entrance of the venue at the main road
and shouted slogans against him.
I think the comment "Zero corruption leads to despotic society" was aimed at Anna Hazare.
"They do everything under the sun except discuss literature"
That would require understanding of literature. What do you expect when we have literary giants(?) likes of Kachan Illaih, Nandy. Tarun Tejpal and Girish Karnad invited to the festival when most of regional gyanpeeth award winners are ignored.
In JLF most pseudo intellectuals from Delhi come down to have a good time. They do everything under the sun except discuss literature, promote reading culture, help budding authors, organise reading and writing workshops.
Outlook India : JLF: Nandy Leaves Jaipur, Cops Seek Video of His Session
Jaipur | Jan 27, 2013
Jaipur Literature Festival (JFL) has a penchant for courting controversy. Ashis Nandy was ostensibly playing to the gallery when he remarked at a panel discussion that “Most corrupt people come from OBC, SC and ST communities”.. The eminent sociologist-turned-author was unprofessional when he failed to substantiate his thesis through empirical data..According to experts, no caste-based sociological study has ever been made. to support his sweeping generalization..
Corruption is endemic , un- related to castes or creeds.One knows of either small crooks or big crooks. Scams involving bureaucrats , big businessmen , the political class et al get suppressed irrespective of caste affiliations. Nandy’s naivete at JLF’s international forum has encouraged powerful sections to get political mileage out of the JLF’s imbroglio by ignoring their own credentials and track records.Ironically, the benefits of reservation instead of percolating to the deprived sections, are cornered by the high and mighty,
Nandy has much to explain for his offensive remarks under cover of Freedom of Speech and Expression.He must be challenged intellectually and condemned unequivocally. Let the Jaipur Police not get trapped in political sloganeering.
A K Saxena ( A retired civil servant)