Goddess of Irony


Bengali novelist Sunil Gangopadhayay should know that India has laws against insulting religious beliefs. After all, two years ago, he was part of a government committee that suggested banning a novel on the grounds it could offend Muslims. But the Hindustan Times reports Gangopadhayay said in a Bengali newspaper that he was aroused by a stature of the Hindu goddess Saraswati and that he fondled the clay image. A retired government official has reportedly filed a complaint with the police.