Following BSP chief Mayawati criticism over noted author Ashis Nandy’s remark on Dalits, Prakash Yashwant Ambedkar came in front of media, calling Nandy’s remarks an intellectual bankruptcy.
Prakash Yashwant Ambedkar is the grandson of Dr BR Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution and Dalit rights activist, criticized Nandy’s comment at the Jaipur Literature Festival that most of the corrupt come from the OBC, the SCs and the STs.
“I am not defending OBCs, SCs, tribals are all clear. There are black sheep everywhere. But you cannot generalise them. I will say this is intellectual bankruptcy, needs to be denounced in strongest word,” Prakash told reporters.
An FIR against Nandy under SC/ST Act has been registered on strong demand of Mayawati and Lokjanshakti Party President Ramvilas Paswan to the Rajasthan government to immediately arrest Nandy for his remark which reflected his ‘mental bankruptcy’.
After sparked a political row, Nandy had later apologized if he had been misunderstood, said that his statement taken out of context. He only meant to say that corruption by Dalits was noticed more as compared to by rich which was overlooked in society.
However, he not apologizing completely for his statement and said, “I don’t apologise at all because I hold it very close to my heart. I was, in fact, supporting the cause of those who are marginalised and those who are in minority and those who are oppressed. I have spent all my life supporting their causes and will continue doing it,” as per source said.