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.
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.
Jaipur Literature Festival organisers today got interim relief from Rajasthan High Court which stayed the arrest of the event producer Sanjoy Roy in connection with author Ashis Nandy's controversial remarks regarding Dalits.
Police today asked the organisers of Jaipur Literature Festival not to leave the city till investigation into the case against author Ashis Nandy is over.
The festival is winding down, and Firstpost editor Sandip Roy is attending the sessions at the Diggi Palace. These are his updates and observations:
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Ashis Nandy who caused an uproar after he made a statement that was construed as being offensive to SC/ST and OBC people, has left the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Prasoon Joshi who came out a flaming feminist in the session, called Lord Krishna the "biggest eveteaser" of the gopis, dismissing a light hearted rejoinder from Sanjoy Roy who said "they look like they're enjoying it in the paintings".
Day two of the Jaipur Literature Festival: Firstpost Editors Sandip Roy and Lakshmi Chaudhry are at the event and we are live blogging updates.
Celebrated Chinese born American author Yiyun Li was at the Jaipur Literature Festival as part of the jury that announced the shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize on Thursday and Firstpost caught up with her for a quick chat.
In a panel titled Inside the Game, Outside the Game as part of Day 1 at the Jaipur Literature Festival today, Shashi Tharoor was in conversation with Tarun Tejpal.
Firstpost's Sandip Roy caught a quick chat with Kiran Bedi on the sides of the Jaipur Literature Festival where she launched a book on the history of the Anna movement. She speaks on the Verma commission report, and the impact of Uprisings in India.
The Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off with Mahashweta Devi inaugurating it. Firstpost senior editors Sandip Roy and Lakshmi Chaudhry are at the event, and we are live blogging updates here.
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