“Disagreement is a necessary condition of public life; individuals and groups have no right to take law into their own hands to intimidate and physically assault social thinkers and intellectuals like Illaiah.”
“Civil society must stand up against this goondaism and demand for security for Prof Kancha Iliah as well as punishment to those issuing open threats, before we have another Gauri Lankesh.”
TDP MP T.G. Venkatesh addressed a press conference against the author and sought that he be “hanged publicly”.
Shepherd has recently found himself in a controversy over his book, Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu, which Arya Vysya associations say is derogatory and demeaning.