Arundhati should withdraw remarks on Gandhi, apologise: Ramesh Chennithala
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Home Minister Ramesh
Chennithala on Saturday said that Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy should
apologise for calling Mahatma Gandhi a casteist.
“She should withdraw her remarks and also apologise
for her statements that she made on the father of the nation,” said
Chennithala, who is currently in Delhi. Roy made the controversial statement in
a lecture organised by Mahatma Ayyankali Chair of Kerala University here July
In the lecture, Roy accused Gandhi of being a casteist
and also demanded that institutions named after him should be renamed. Chennithala
said a complaint that he received about Roy’s statement was forwarded to the
Meanwhile, police are examining the video and the
transcript of the speech. Kerala assembly speaker G Karthikeyan was the first
to raise objection. The state Congress party also condemned Roy’s remarks.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters on Saturday
that Gandhiji is held in high esteem all over the world. “So any statement
against him does not augur well and is not acceptable,” said Chandy.