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Mistaken and Malicious

Mistaken and Malicious R K RAMASWAMY'S letter [September 5] contains imputations that are both mistaken and malicious. The entire context, contents, and tenor of my review of Galanter's book [August 1-8] should have made it clear that its last sentence was directed at the 'intellectuals' who had participated in the media debate on the Mandai reporl during 1990. It is farthest from my intention to imply that the backward classes in Tamil Nadu (or elsewhere in India) had not produced intellectuals or were not capable of it. To suggest that a mere LPW reviewer can "deny the stature of organic intellectuals" to men like EVR et at is to derogate their dignity, apart from being unjust to me which is a smaller matter.

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