13 June, 2021

Dr Malathi Damodaran

EMS's daughter takes Arundhati Roy to task for slandering her father

Dr Malathi Damodaran

Why're you upset with The God of Small Things?
Arundhati Roy's references to my father, E.M.S. Namboodiripad, are a gross misrepresentation of facts.

Are you planning any legal action?
No, I don't want to give the impression that we are against the novel. We only wish to present the truth.

Won't a libel suit serve your purpose better?
It won't. For one, the book has already been read by thousands. Moreover, the references to EMS are far too many to be deleted.

EMS has defended himself in signed articles; why have you pitched in?
We are used to attacks of much greater intensity. But when my family was repeatedly harassed with queries, we decided to issue a clarification.

What are the specific factual errors in the novel?
It's an absolute lie that Heritage Hotel in Ayemenem is my father's ancestral home. The depiction of the "communist party boss" who converts his home into a hotel where old communists now work "as fawning...

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