You are nothing if you can’t whip up a nice riot

PRATAP BHANU MEHTA in The Indian Express:

“In Karnataka, four books, including the Sahitya Academy-nominated novel Dharamkaarana, have been banned in recent years because Lingayat followers of Virshaivism, assert their caste dominance through the ability to proscribe what they think is an insult to Basaveshwara.

“What is genuinely offensive is no longer a function of the principle in question: it is determined by how much power a group can muster or how much violence it can threaten. We will let genuinely offensive things pass in India, because there is little protest or the response does not threaten violence.”

Read the full article: The bans of caste

Also read: CHURUMURI POLL: Ban the book on Basavanna?

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