After groups affiliated to OBC, SC and ST communities, a Muslim outfit today
joined the bandwagon by criticising renowned sociologist Ashis Nandy for his
controversial remark at the ongoing Literature Festival here.
Newly-formed Azmat-E-Rasool foundation alleged here that the author's comment,
in which he purportedly said that people from OBC, SC and ST communities were
the "most corrupt", is an "indirect attack" on the Muslim community.
"Nandy made comment against ST, SC and OBC. Many of the minority communities are
under OBC so it is indirect attack on minorities," said Paikar Farukh of the
He demanded legal action against Nandy and the organiser of Literature Festival
and threatened a protest in the evening.
"The remark of Nandy is highly condemnable. He intentionally hurt sentiments of
ST, SC and OBC people by accusing them of being most corrupt and we support
protest of ST and SCs against him," he said.
He alleged that the festival was promoting Western culture and executing the
agenda of Western and corporate world.
"Freedom of expression does not allow anyone to attack other communities and
hurt sentiments, but in the name of freedom of expression the authors and the
organisers are repeatedly violating the law," he said.
Foundation chairperson Habib Khan Garnet alleged that the organisers conferred
award on author Jeet Thayil to "tease" Muslims.
"Thayil was among the four authors who read from the banned book 'The Satanic
Verses' of Salman Rushdie last year and hurt our sentiments, and for this he was
awarded the Prize by the organisers," he alleged.
Thayil was awarded DSC Prize for South-Asian Literature, carrying a prize money
of USD 50,000, for his debut novel Narcopolis on Friday.
"His selection for the prize was to tease us," he alleged.
Nandy had kicked up a storm with his comments that people from OBC, SC and ST
communities were the "most corrupt" at a session yesterday.
Besides sharp reactions, an FIR was lodged against him at a local police
Amid protest and demand for his arrest, Nandy has left the city.
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