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Ashis Nandy leaves JLF, police seek video of his session

Jan 27, 2013 11:24 AM IST Books Books

Jaipur: Sociologist Ashis Nandy on Sunday returned to Delhi from Jaipur where he was attending the Literature Festival. Nandy stirred up a controversy on Saturday after he seemingly blamed the Dalits for the corruption menace in the country. Even as he apologised for his remarks and insisted that he had been misquoted, an FIR was filed against him.

The Rajasthan Police has now sought a video of the session during which Nandy made the remarks.

Meanwhile, Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of Dr BR Ambedkar on Sunday criticised Nandy for the remarks. He told CNN-IBN: "I am not defending OBCs, SCs, tribals are all clear. There are black sheep everywhere. But you cannot generalise them. I will say this is intellectual bankruptcy, needs to be denounced in most strongest word."

At the session, Nandy had said, "It is a fact that most of the corrupt come from the OBC and the Scheduled Caste sections, and now the Scheduled Tribes."

The organiser of the Festival, Sanjoy Roy, defended Nandy saying his statement had been taken out of context. He too was booked.

Later Nandy apologised saying, "I agree that corruption is an equalising force in our country. What I meant was that when poor people, SC/ST people do corruption, it is more apparent," Nandy said. "If people have misunderstood, I apologise. What I said was that corruption of rich people is often overlooked," Nandy defended. "I want to close this chapter here now," he added.

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