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Ashis Nandy has received flak for his alleged anti- Dalit comments at a literature fest. Photo: PTI

Reacting to the controversy, National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman PL Punia on Monday said that Ashis Nandy had committed a crime and should be arrested. Lok Sabha Speaker and Dalit leader Meira Kumar too in a hard-hitting comment said that the caste system was worse than slavery because slaves can at least be free, while there is no freedom from the caste system.

Prominent Dalit activist Kancha Ilaiyah has, however, taken a more conciliatory stance. He said that even though Professor Nandy's comment was bad, his intentions were good. "As he is not against reservation, the controversy should end," Ilaiyah said.

But standing by his comment, Nandy in an interview to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai said that he said nothing wrong and his statement was pro-Dalit. "I don't feel hounded and frightened because I know if people read the script of what I said, or even see the video they will know that even the statement they are quoting frequently was part of an aggressively pro-Dalit, pro-OBC plea. I did stand by them and I do want to stand by them."

Reacting to the controversy, National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman PL Punia on Monday said that Nandy had committed a crime and should be arrested. Lok Sabha Speaker and Dalit leader Meira Kumar too in a hard-hitting comment said that the caste system was worse than slavery because slaves can at least be free, while there is no freedom from the caste system.

Prominent Dalit activist Kancha Ilaiyah has, however, taken a more conciliatory stance. He said that even though Professor Nandy's comment was bad, his intentions were good. "As he is not against reservation, the controversy should end," Ilaiyah said.

But standing by his comment, Nandy in an interview to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai said that he said nothing wrong and his statement was pro-Dalit. "I don't feel hounded and frightened because I know if people read the script of what I said, or even see the video they will know that even the statement they are quoting frequently was part of an aggressively pro-Dalit, pro-OBC plea. I did stand by them and I do want to stand by them."

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