undersigned express our solidarity with Prof Ashis Nandy, a
distinguished scholar and public intellectual. Over the years Ashis
Nandy has affirmed the rights of marginalized groups and communities to
assert and express themselves in their unique ways. His own method has
been to illuminate through anecdote, aphorism and irony. In the context
of the discussion at the Jaipur Literary Festival, Nandy was asked to
respond on corruption, the marginalized and the state of the Republic.
While Nandy’s deliberately ironic remark on corruption in the OBC and
SC/ST political elites as a form of equality may not be to the liking of
all, we have no doubt that it was meant to question the upper
caste-middle class notions of morality rather than denigrate
marginalized and subaltern groups. Ashis Nandy has evolved a distinctive
and provocative style of making claims, comments and arguments.
a country where intellectual freedoms are shrinking every day, the
right of thinkers like Ashis Nandy to argue and articulate
unconventional views must be protected at all costs.