The Hindu, Nov. 21, 2010
BHUBANESWAR: Writer-activist Arundhati Roy, who faced the ire of Sangh Parivar activists here on Sunday, refused to express regret for her controversial statement on the Kashmir issue.
“I have never said anything which I have not thought about,” Ms. Roy told journalists after attending a meeting on ‘Cultural resistance to war on people in corporate interest.’
“They [Sangh Parivar activists] have rights to protest, and I have rights to speak and write,” she said, defending her statement at a seminar held in Srinagar last month that Kashmir was never an integral part of India.
Workers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad staged a black flag demonstration at the venue of the meeting.
Heated exchanges between the organisers and the activists led to a clash, in which five persons were injured, police sources said.
The police swung into action and dispersed the demonstrators. Eight of them were arrested, Deputy Commissioner of Police H.K. Lal said.
“We are opposing the visit of Roy in view of the objectionable statement she made recently on Kashmir. We have nothing against the meeting, but she should go back,” ABVP state executive member Ajay Kumar Rout said. — PTI