In Interview with Author M.C.Raj by Vidhya Bushan Rawat
MC Raj is a prolific writer and perhaps the most innovative writers inthe recent history whose horizon of thoughts is extraordinarilybeyond cosmos. He has developed new perceptions as he refuses tofollow any set pattern of ideologies. He has in fact reconstructedsome new thoughts like Dalitology, Dalithink and Dyche.Interestingly, M.C.Raj is not just writing reams of papers for the sakeof writing. His writing emerges from his vast range of groundexperience working with people and at Booshakthi Kendra, which hasbecome a pilgrim centre for a number of activists working atgrassroots as well as developing new perceptions on electoralsystems world over. One is amazed at his capacity to write so muchwithout affecting his intensive engagement of the larger societalstructures. His latest novel ‘Operation Liquidus’ is sensational, as ithas all the important characters in it that have a larger than lifeimage in the hearts of their followers. Author Novelist M.C.Raj spoketo Vidya Bhushan Rawat about his latest novel and future enterprises.
It is your 18
book and perhaps the fourth novel. Your otherbooks were mostly analytical writings, theorisation of Dalit culture.Now, for the past two years, we have seen a steady growth of fictionwriting from you. Are you now focusing more on fiction thantheorisation or do you think your fictions themselves are extensionsof your theories?
Fictions are a way of letting loose the bridles of imagination. If afiction has boundaries it may lose the flavour of fiction to that extent.I have taken up to fiction writing only because I enjoy it and not muchbeyond that. However, when I write fiction it is impossible for me notto theorize as I am basically a philosopher and that shows up even if Ido not mean it. I have maintained the intensity of writing theorybooks along with my fiction writing. In 2011 Jyothi and I wrote thebook on World Parliament of Indigenous Peoples and this year I havewritten the book on Electoral Systems. Writing any book is a passionfor me and I do not give up one for another.
What is the idea behind the murder of the Pope in this novel? Isit a real life incident when attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II wasmade or is it purely fictional? Many time fictional works reveal real lifestories even when they are claimed fictional. How do you thinkCatholics would react to it?
In this novel the Pope is poisoned by a group of Cardinals in thechurch. I have read the many volumes of the History of the Popes andhave also studied Church history. Some of the happenings in the