I didn't term Maoists as 'Gandhians with Guns': Arundhati Roy



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 Prize winner.

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 Guns'.

"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.

PTI