After a furore over her tweets on the JNU row, tennis legend Martina Navratilova has clarified that it was her intention to convey that violence and bullying solved nothing, and not to pass judgement on India.
“Having grown up under a totalitarian regime in what was a communist country (then Czechoslovakia, now democratic Czech Republic), I am pretty well-versed with what it’s like to live in an authoritarian, unfair system, where one is not at all free to speak one’s mind without serious repercussions,” she said in an exclusive interview to Hindustan Times.
“Never did I presume to know the deeper story nor was I trying to tell the Indian people what to do in their own country…I merely suggested that violence and bullying don’t solve anything” Navratilova said.
I have highest regard for India. I will continue to raise my voice for injustice. And I will keep speaking out when I feel there is unfairness, whether it is happening here in the US, or in Kenya, or in India. Because for me unfairness is at the root of what is wrong with our world, whether it’s coming from the Right or the Left” she made it clear.