Letter to Editor

Ashish Nandy appeals to Gujarat traditions to save Gujarat from politics of hate

Letter to Editor, Indian Express

Re:Criminal offence against Ashish Nandy for inflammatory article

Dear Editor:
Nowhere in Nandy’s article did he say that the middle class is “responsible for the politics of hate.” But many of them have bought into it and have to examine their role in the society that is so commonly described in these phrases with reference to communal tensions, violence, fear and distrust. Gujaratis should realise that he is holding them to a standard of human decency at a time when many have given up the idea that this is even possible in Modi’s Gujarat. Nandy specifically hopes that “Gujarati traditions will triumph over the culture of the state’s urban middle class.” Gujaratis should be proud to heed this call.

Aravinda Pillalamarri

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