Protesters demand arrest of Ashis Nandy, police seek video footage of his remarks

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 15:40 hrs

Hundreds of people staged a protest demonstration outside the venue of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) here on Sunday, demanding immediate arrest of sociologist Ashis Nandy for his remarks against members of the backward classes, scheduled castes and tribes.

The noted sociologist and political scientist, while addressing the JLF on Saturday, had blamed other backward classes (OBCs), Schedule Castes (SCs) and Schedule Tribes (STs) for corruption in society.

The remarks kicked off a furore, with many voices condemning Nandy for his remarks and case was registered against him under SC/ST Act.

"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," said Girraj Meena, Additional Commissioner of Police.

"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 added.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot pleaded ignorance of the context of Nandy's remarks.

"No one has the right to denigrate a particular community. I was not there when Nandy made his statement, so I do not know the context, nor do I know the explanation he gave to the press," said Gehlot.

Sanjoy Roy, organiser of JLF, said that the festival was a platform for debate and that any objections to the statement must be engaged with in a democratic manner, and not through a gag on free speech.

Roy has also been named in the police report registered against Nandy.

Nandy had later apologized and said that his remark is being taken out of context. (ANI)

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