I wouldn’t want to live in India if Modi becomes PM, author Ananthamurthy says

imagesBANGALORE: Jnanpith awardee and acclaimed Kannada writer Dr UR Ananthamurthy has said he will not live in a country with Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister, triggering angry reactions from BJP which said he was free to leave India. As a controversy broke out over his strident anti-Modi remark, Ananthamurthy on Thursday stood his ground and said the Gujarat chief minister would create fear among people if he becomes Prime Minister. “I would not want to live in a country where Modi is the Prime Minister,” he said at an event here recently. Against the backdrop of vitriolic attacks against him from the BJP and its sympathizers for his remarks, Ananthamurthy said, “He (Modi) will create fear and if a fearsome man is sitting there, people will just bow down to him because a bully creates cowards.” The country needs to build a citizenry who are not afraid and a governance where people do not follow a leader slavishly, he told reporters. Furious at Ananthamurthy’s remarks, BJP and supporters of the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate dubbed him “parasite like” alleging he swayed according to political climate, having supported Congress and JDS in the past and “currying” favours with the government of the day. BJP MP Ananthkumar Hegde and several local party leaders said he was free to leave the country. Several writers, including Baragur Ramachandrappa and K Marulasiddappa, have come out in support of Ananthamurthy while some others such as noted scholar Dr Chidananda Murthy flayed him. Ananthamurthy — who lost the Man Booker International Prize to American writer Lydia Davis in May this year — said there was dignity attached to Prime Minister’s post when Pandit Nehru and Narasimha Rao assumed the charge, but this will wane away if Modi becomes PM. “We had people like Nehru who could write a book in jail — Discovery of India, a great book even today. Rao was a great scholar too. There was some dignity for the Prime Minister’s post, but that dignity will go (if Modi becomes PM), he said. On BJP leaders’ attacks on him, Ananthamurthy said he had been critical of Indira Gandhi and Nehru in the past but was never abused as much as the saffron party did. “If I say something and I am abused so much by a gang of people, imagine when they are in power what will happen,” he said. Ananthamurthy said the BJP has always criticized him because he did not buy the RSS Hindu philosophy. “They are a fascist party and don’t understand Hinduism. It is a great religion,” he said. On UPA government, he said it is not anti-people but was corrupt and should be punished. “But the way out is not choosing a man like Modi,” he said.

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  • ashish

    Oh dear.. is he leaving india now? If not he should be kicked out of India

    • nagaraj

      ask him to take running jump

    • DSR

      Yes this bugger should be thrown out immediately. If he is a writer, he thinks that the people of india who chosed Modi their leader are fool and without sense. Nonsense, stupid.

  • Meenakshi

    Get lost from this country now !!! please. We can really live without you mister who so ever 🙂

    • dsr

      True Meenakshi. This stupid man thinks that we need him and cant live without him, he should be kicked out. Modi has been choosen by the people of India and this idiot thinks that people of India are stupid.

  • Pradip Bhattacharya

    Why the fool is still in India? Does he want a kick ?

    • dsr

      definitely ! shud be kiked out.

  • KamalRaj

    still here – eating his dirty shit. If this person has a little respect for himself should ether leave the country or tender an unconditional apology to the country and Mr. Modi

  • Satish Gs

    He has crossed 80 years, old man, he has lost his mental balance, and ability to distinguish good bad and ugly. He uttered non sense with out being in proper state of mind or conscience, IT is better to leave this mad guy to live like how he wants to be

  • Trideep

    Mr. Ananthamurthy, please tender an unconditional apology to Mr. Modi and all the country men for the comments you made.. If you are not apologetic, please leave the country soon, or else, someone might really kick you out.. You might not like someone, that doesn’t mean you should hurt him and others involved with him..

  • Stephan

    Now since Modi is PM, has this person left India or shamelessly still living in India?