Ashis Nandy booked for 'casteist' comment, BSP demands arrest
Jaipur/New Delhi: Social scientist Ashis Nandy was Saturday booked for linking Dalits, tribals and backward classes to corruption, even as his remarks at the Jaipur Literature Festival drew condemnation from political parties like the BSP and RPI which demanded action against him.
Nandy said he was misunderstood, but Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati asked the Rajasthan government to take strong action against him, while Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale demanded that Nandy take back his comments.
There were also protests by Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes (OBC) groups outside the festival venue - the Diggi Palace. Police said a first information report (FIR) was lodged against Nandy under the section 3(1) of the SC/ST Act, which was non-bailable and invited a 10-year jail term. The case was filed by a person identified as Ram Ratan Meena.