Mayawati Demands Immediate Arrest of Ashis Nandy
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BSP chief Mayawati today demanded that Rajasthan government should immediately send author Ashish Nandy to jail over his controversial remarks at Jaipur Literary Festival that "most corrupt people come from OBC, SC and ST communities".

Speaking at a panel discussion in Jaipur, Nandy stoked a major row with his comments that people belonging to OBC, SC and ST communities were the "most corrupt".

Calling Nandy's remarks as "farthest from truth, condemnable, unfortunate and reflective of a casteist mindset", Mayawati said Nandy should immediately tender an apology.

"He should seek an apology from these sections of the population immediately and our party strongly condemns it. Our party also demands that Rajasthan government should immediately file a case under the SC/ST Act and other stringent sections and send him to jail," Mayawati told reporters here referring to Nandy's remark.

"Otherwise, people could even be compelled to get out on the roads in protest against these remarks," she added.

Mayawati said the comments by Nandy seemed to have been made under a "well thought-out scheme to defame these sections".

The BSP chief also asked the organisers of the Jaipur Literary Festival to expel Nandy from the event.

When one of the reporters asked Mayawati about the next step that she intended to take in the matter, the BSP supremo said "we are watching the response of Rajasthan government and whether the organisers have expelled Nandy. And in what manner Nandy seeks an apology, we will take that also with seriousness before taking any step," she said.

To a question about certain remarks he attributed to UP minister Azam Khan asking girls not to become like Mayawati, she said Azam Khan was known to make various kinds of remarks but she did not take them seriously.
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Jan 26, 2013
11:06 PM

 I strongly condem Ashish Nandy for his most deplorable and senseless  comments that OBCs, SCs & STs are most corrupt. He should be prosecuted under SCs & STs (POA) Act 1989 read with relevant section of IPC, tried by a Fast Track Court and proceedings completed within a month, if not early.

Nandy's intelletucal dishonesty has been broadcast from a highly noted Litereray Festival at Jaipur which is attended by celebrated national as well as international participants. He has masterbated his hatred against the deprived and discrimnated communities in an international gathering. 

Let nobody take the plea that Nandy's  right of freedom of speech has been or is bieng sught to be curbed. This would be a camauflage for Save-Nandy Campaign by the intelletucal class.  

I support all those who have spoken against Nandy for his most venomous statement.

His citation of West Bengal as 'clean state' because the SCs, STs in 100 years could not come close to power is most atrocious, which ipso facto underlines  corruption of the class who have ruled the state. Under intellectual garb, the downtrodden were denied education that ensures upward movement and empowerment. Their aspiration and ambition was  throttled, is it not corruption? The feudal class and the upper caste servants, government and private employ, in colonial era grew artistocrat through sheer corruption. They were in hundreds. This needs long discussion. 

Sanket Biswas, Kolkata
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