13 June, 2021

Arundhati Roy Replies...

At no point have I called the Maoists 'Gandhians with Guns'... Honestly, I am almost embarrassed to have to write this letter.

Arundhati Roy Replies...

This is with reference to the Outlook cover (May 31) which says “Arundhati Roy’s portrayal of Maoists as Gandhians with Guns comes under heavy fire”.

I’m used to taking heavy fire for what I write. But when people begin to fire at a target they have fashioned for themselves out of an Outlook copywriter’s blurb (later mirrored in the Guardian magazine), I suppose I must rouse myself to make a clarification. At no point in my essay Walking with the Comrades (Mar 29) have I called the Maoists ‘Gandhians with Guns’. Here is what I...

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