16 January, 2021

“I Think Writers Have Woken Up To The Serious Dangers To The Polity”

Kiran Nagarkar, one of the most significant writers of postcolonial India, on the current atmosphere and its political underpinnings.

Amit Haralkar
“I Think Writers Have Woken Up To The Serious Dangers To The Polity”
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Novelist, playwright and screenwriter in Marathi and English, Kiran Nagarkar is one of the most significant writers of postcolonial India. In an interview to Outlook’s Prachi Pinglay-Plumber, he speaks out on the current atmosphere and its political underpinnings.

Do you believe that intolerance has grown in the recent past or has suppression of dissent always been there?

The level of intolerance has gone up substantially in the last year and quarter. After the appalling massacres of the Partition, communal tensions had quietened in India and whenever they recurred, they were almost always politically motivated. The three glaring instances I can think of are the 1992 riots in Mumbai, the 1984 Sikh massacres in Delhi and the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat. All three riots were planned and executed.The Shiv Sena doctrine of spontaneous outbursts is a load of self-serving crap. The current crop of communal violence can almost entirely be laid at the door of organisations under the RSS...

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