CHENNAI: The embattled members of Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, the students body at the IIT-Madras that was de-recognised by the institute authorities setting off a major controversy across the country, on Saturday found support from noted writer and activist Arundhati Roy.
The APSC has been derecognised “because they have seen through this charade and have put their finger on the most dangerous possible place. They have made the connection between corporate globalisation and the perpetuation of caste,” said Arundhati, a self-professed Ambedkarite whose latest work was an annotated version of B R Ambedkar’s seminal work, Annihilation of Caste.
According to her, the biggest threat for the ruling establishment came from APSC’s celebration of both Bhagat Singh and Ambedkar. “This is what has brought them into the line of fire. This is what is sought to be quashed,” Arundhati said in her note to the members of the study circle, which was shared widely online. The de-recognition of APSC, argued the writer, was a recognition of a kind. “It is a recognition that is absolutely right to make the connection it makes. And that many are beginning to make those connections,” she added.