Roy allowed to leave Jaipur, Nandy summoned

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 18:42 hrs

Jaipur Literature Festival producer Sanjoy Roy can now leave the city after his arrest has been stayed over the controversial "anti-Dalit" remark of sociologist Ashis Nandy in the festival that sparked a row.

Rajasthan Police had earlier summoned sociologist and political critic Ashis Nandy here for questioning in connection with the remark he made on corruption and the Scheduled Class-Tribe-OBC people at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Saturday.

His summon was sent to Delhi so that he can come to Jaipur at the earliest and face the police, reports said.

An FIR was filed against Roy and Nandy after the remarks on Saturday under Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Act.

Roy had to give in writing that he would not leave the city till the investigation was completed in Rajasthan and accordingly he was questioned Tuesday by police.

Following the controversy over the comment, Nandy issued a statement clarifying his comments.

Even though Nandy left the venue on Sunday, he landed himself in a cesspool of controversy by saying that Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) were the most corrupt, triggering angry reactions and lodging of an FIR against him that could see him behind bars.

What he defended as a comment to paint corruption as the great equalizer in Indian society, he had said: "It is a fact that most of the corrupt come from the OBCs and the Schedule Castes, and now increasingly from the Schedule Tribes (STs), and as long as this is the case, Indian Republic will survive."

"If people like me or Richard Sorabjee want to be corrupt, I shall possibly send his son to Harvard giving him a fellowship and he can send my daughter to Oxford. No one will think it to be corruption. Indeed, it will look like supporting talent.

"But when Dalits, tribals and the OBCs are corrupt, it looks very corrupt indeed.

"However, this second corruption equalizes. It gives them access to their entitlements. And so, as long as this equation persists, I have hope for the Republic.

"I hope this will be the end of the matter. I am sorry if some have misunderstood me. Though there was no reason to do so. As should be clear from this statement, there was neither any intention nor any attempt to hurt any community. If anyone is genuinely hurt, even if through misunderstanding, I am sorry about that, too," said Nandy in his statement.

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