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Nandy's Remarks Evoke Mixed Response From Authors

Sociologist Ashis Nandy's comments on backward classes today evoked mixed reactions from authors, poets and critics attending the literature festival here with some saying the matter should not be politicised and others terming the remarks as unfortunate.

"If we go by the one statement flashed on news channels, he made unfair comments. I have not heard the original talk but as later explained by Nandy if the context is taken into consideration, then there is nothing wrong," author Makarand Sathe said.

Poet and critic Ashok Vajpeyi said Nandy is a serious thinker and had made the comments in a certain context.

"The context is being by-passed which is unfortunate. We are becoming intolerant. Everybody has a right to disagree but the matter being politicised and politicians demanding action is unfair," he said.

Author-lyricist Neelesh Misra said "Nandy no doubt has an impeccable reputation but any offensive statement is not expected from him."

Mishra did not make further comments saying he has not heard his exact remarks and the context.

Hindi poet and critic Prem Chand Gandhi categorically said Nandy had made unfortunate remarks.

"He should have thought before making such comments because a word spoken is not so easy to retract.

"It will go a long way. This has, in fact, hurt the sentiments of certain communities and provides a platform for class-war," he said.

Script-writer Ikram Rajasthani said the matter should not be politicised in any way.

"Whether he said right or wrong I won't go into this but this matter should not be politicised," he commented.

Nandy, who stoked a controversy with his comments that people from OBCs, SCs and STs were the "most corrupt" today left Jaipur skipping the rest of the literature festival.

Hours after he made the remarks, an FIR was lodged against him under Section 506 IPC (Criminal Intimidation) and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes(Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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