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Rajasthan police in Delhi to quiz Ashis Nandy

Agencies  New Delhi, January 30, 2013
First Published: 10:03 IST(30/1/2013) | Last Updated: 12:58 IST(30/1/2013)

The Rajasthan police today will question sociologist Ashis Nandy over his anti-Dalit remarks in Delhi.


Rajasthan Police on Tuesday issued a notice to Nandy asking him to appear before it in connection with his controversial remarks against SC and STs at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Nandy, who had left Jaipur on Sunday, said he has not received any summons.

“It is a non-bailable warrant, I am told, under this act. And, if at the age of 75, I am tried under the Atrocities Act and convicted, I will go to jail, I will not contest it,” he said in Delhi.

Nandy had allegedly said people belonging to OBCs and SC/STs were more corrupt. Later, a case was registered against him under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

An FIR was lodged against Nandy and Roy last Saturday by Rajpal Meena, Chairperson of the SC/ST Rajasthan Manch, after Nandy stoked a controversy with his comments.

However, Nandy got some backing from various quarters.

Dalit author Kancha Ilaiah, said it was "a bad statement with good intentions".

"Prof Ashis Nandy made a bad statement with good intentions, however, as far as I know he was never against reservation. The controversy should end here," Ilaiah had said in a statement.

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