Dateline Delhi – Slipper Thrown At Arundhadti Roy, Auctioned Off at Jantar Mantar

Arundhati Roy Sighting

Sign of the times.

[Text as published in a Delhi newspaper; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

When Arundhati Roy visited the Delhi University campus on February 13, 2008, she was greeted with a slipper thrown by the student group Youth Unity for Vibrant Action (YUVA).

The slipper was auctioned for Rs 101, 000 at Jantar Mantar five days later.

“When Arundhati Roy came to our campus, a member named Asif Kumar threw his slipper at her to protest her statement that Kashmir should be given to Pakistan. Her statement is against our national interest,” said Jairam Pandey, national convenor, YUVA.

The slipper was bought by businessman Amitabh Kumar. “I was in Connaught Place for a meeting, when I went for a walk to Jantar Mantar after lunch. There I saw a demonstration by YUVA activists, who were auctioning the slipper,” he said. “I feel she is a traitor to our nation, so despite the steep price, I bought the slipper thrown at her. I am now going to go on eBay and auction it off. Even if I do not recover the money, I do not care, as it was done for the pride of my nation.”