Every artist has the right to be rebellious: Girish Karnad






Press Trust of India / Mumbai October 04, 2012, 21:05

Stating that “rebellion” is the right of every artist, veteran actor and filmmaker Girish Karnad today said reading or possessing books on Naxalism is not a crime.

The 74-year-old playwright said Aseem Trivedi, the political cartoonist who was charged with sedition by Mumbai Police, and human rights activist Binayak Sen, accused by the Chhattisgarh Government of having links with Naxals, received different treatment in the cases in which they were arrested.

“Aseem Trivedi was granted bail soon after he gathered support from various sections of the society. On the other hand, Binayak Sen was refused bail on several occasions,” Karnad said.

He was speaking at a programme organised by the Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) here this evening.

KKM is a cultural group consisting of Dalit “protest” singers and poets. Two activists of the Manch were arrested by Maharashtra Police last year for alleged Naxal links.

Calling the people associated with the organisation as “rebellious and enemy” of the state is unfair, the award-winning playwright maintained.

Lokmanya Tilak said Swaraj is my birthright. I would say rebellion is the right of every artist. An independent individual has every right to be rebellious.”

Karnad said there is no exact definition of Naxalism and Maoism. Claiming that he reads a lot on Maoism, the filmmaker questioned, “Does that mean I am a Maoist?”

“I have many books on Naxalism and Maoism. If reading books on Maoist ideology is a crime, then I am also a Maoist,” he state



4 responses »

  1. Well, that’s what they did in the United States during the 1950s McCarthy era – and indeed, well before that, from 1919 onwards during the Red Scare in the US following the Russian Revolution. Indian soil is a fertile ground for turning class war against the poor into a quasi-religious enthusiasm by state personnel. And America has always claimed to be the quintessential “democracy.” There’s nothing new about that in former communist dictatorship-of-the-proletariat countries (big irony here!) but in a quasi-democracy like India it’s a pretty questionable thing to do. Governments simply do not like the right of expression and of opìnion, still less, the right to strike or take action against one’s oppressors.

    Artists like Girish Karnad, Aseem Trivedi and Binayak Sen are heroes of contemporary Indian democracy. It is because people like them take such risks with the authorities that democracy stays alive in India.

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