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Firstpost columnist Ajaz Asgraf recounts his interview with political psychologist Ashis Nandy for Outlook magazine on 'the future of India': "a theme so wide in its sweep that it could include just about every facet of social life"
Ashis Nandy believes that the main reason for BJP to appoint unqualified people to important institutional posts is because the party lacks intellectuals.
By providing constant exposure to caste and religious ‘mobs’ determined to have their voices heard on prime-time news, the media has almost ended up ‘legitimising’ them.
The late night TV talk show roster represents a closed clique of A-list journalists, celebrities, socialites and academics. Many of our public intellectuals participate in the very same culture of accusation they indignantly denounce.
The issue of corruption has wrongly been posed by Ashis Nandy and Tarun Tejpal in caste colours when it may have as much to do with class.
Recent controversies surrounding Kamal Haasan's movie Vishwaroopam or Ashish Nandy's alleged anti-Dalit comment were reflection of a society which seems to be increasingly intolerant, Union Minister Shashi Tharoor has said.
The Supreme Court may have grand Ashis Nandy a stay against arrest, but its observations did not do the cause of free speech any good.
It was strange that Nandy expressed surprise that he was misunderstood in the first place.
The court has, however, not barred the police from investigating the cases filed against him.
The only appropriate response to an idea - even if it's as horribly skewed as Nandy's original proposition and his equally bizarre clarification - is to challenge it intellectually and disprove it.
Dalits and OBCs are treated as sacred cows. We provide them with an official identity kit while trampling their life chances. Nandy was trying to break through that hypocrisy, but unfortunately got caught in a fly trap of populism.
Dalit intellectual Kancha Ilaiah said that Ashis Nandy's comments were part of intellectual goondagiri against the Dalits and should be condemned as strongly as street goondagiri.
Eminent scholar Ashis Nandy, facing threat of being arrested for making remarks alleged to be anti-Dalit, today approached the Supreme Court for quashing of FIR against him.