Cops as critics | mint

Getting offended is fast becoming an extreme, humorless sport in India. Recently, a member of this always offended fringe filed a complaint against a novel which won the International Booker Prize a few months ago. The Uttar Pradesh resident has addressed cops claiming he detected ‘objectionable’ comments about Hindu deities in Geetanjali Shree’s Ret Samadhi. The complaint forced organizers to cancel an event in Agra meant to celebrate his work.

Of course, readers have every right to dislike Shree’s work. But before outrage became a public occupation, it didn’t extend to filing police complaints against writers. You just couldn’t read their work. But an increasingly narrow prudishness is used to control art and artists in the name of religion, which goes against the traditions of irreverence and good-natured intimacy with which Indian cultures have long stood. comfortable. This is exactly the kind of police reporting mischief that India should shut down. Instead, UP police reportedly said they would read Ret Samadhi and decide if Shree had crossed a line. Someone tells them that they should retire from the profession of literary criticism, pronto.

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