Mumbai: Noted writer and Naxal sympathiser
Arundhati Roy today clarified that she never termed Maoists as
`Gandhians with Guns`.
"I never called them Gandhians with guns. It was a blurb
carried by a magazine. What I meant was that they (Naxals) are
more Gandhian than any other Gandhian in their consumption
pattern...their lifestyle, which is in stark contrast to their
violent means of resistance," said the 48-year-old Booker
Arundhati drew a lot of flak for the reported comments,
especially after the Dantewada Naxal attack claiming lives of
76 security personnel for calling Naxals as `Gandhians with
"I in fact have also written a letter in the next issue
of the same magazine which carried my article, `Walking With
The Comrades` clarifying my point and stand, she said
addressing a lecture `The War on People` organised by the
Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights here today.