Jaipur: Sociologist Ashis Nandy stood defiant in face of criticism and said on Saturday that he stood by his statement blaming the OBCs, the SCs and the STs for the menace of corruption in the country. "I stand by my statement. Let the police take action against me," he said in Jaipur where he is attending the Literature Festival.
Speaking at an event during the festival, he 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 maximum amount of corruption these days is by Dalits, the backward and the oppressed classes."
Sources said that the Jaipur Police Commissioner had sought an explanation from the organisers of the festival.
Nandy was slammed by political parties and authors alike. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said, "I don't know why he has said it. But no one approves such statements." BJP leader Najma Heptullah said, "It is wrong on his part to do so. I don't want to comment about corruption being conducted by the SC, ST or the Dalits. It's very wrong to pass such a comment."
Dalit writer Chandrabhan Prasad said, "Has there been a survey or a data or any evidence that proves OBC and SC/ST are more corrupt? If there is no such survey or evidence then such statements should not be passed. That means he is misusing his intellectual power, like others have misused their power."