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JLF: Nandy Leaves Jaipur, FIR Against Him in Nashik

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 in Jaipur.

"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 author.

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 been misunderstood.

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 scotfree.

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 circle.

"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.

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4/D-144
Jan 28, 2013
10:30 PM

I think the comment "Zero corruption leads to despotic society" was aimed at Anna Hazare.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
3/D-134
Jan 27, 2013
09:57 PM

"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.

Maha
NJ, United States
2/D-131
Jan 27, 2013
09:25 PM

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.

Lata, Madrid
1/D-75
Jan 27, 2013
02:07 PM

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)
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