Was misquoted: Nandy on OBC-corruption link

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 14:03 hrs

Sociologist and political critic Ashis Nandy, who triggered a controversy by saying Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) were responsible for 'corruption' in India, on Saturday clarified his statement and said he was 'misquoted'.

"If people have misunderstood, I apologise. What I said was that corruption of rich people is often overlooked," Nandy said.

"I was misquoted...I want to close this chapter now," he said.

Nandy earlier in the day made the controversial statement at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival here.

"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," Nandy said.

Meanwhile, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati said the Rajasthan government should take action against Nandy for his statement.

"The Rajasthan government should take action against this man," Mayawati told media.

"It seems that he has lost his mental balance," she said.

"The organisers of Jaipur Literature Festival should throw him out," Mayawati said.

Both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slammed Nandy for his statement.

"I don't know why he has said it. But no one approves such statements. It is wrong," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told media.

BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said Nandy should ´tender his apology´ and withdraw his statement.

Festival organiser Sanjoy Roy, however, said it seemed that Nandy´s statement was taken out of context.

"I have heard that his saying has been taken out of context. He said that where there is so much difference between rich and poor, there is corruption. It is his personal statement," Roy told media.

The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 started in Rajasthan´s capital Jaipur from Thursday.

The festival will continue till Jan 28 at Diggi Palace in the Pink City.

Jaipur Literature Festival is considered by some as the greatest literary show on earth.