Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said fiction writings contribute to the idea of resistance in the society.
Speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival, he compared the role of writers in the society to a a bird in a cage which is sent down to the bottom of a coal mine.
"If the bird suffocates and is unable to breathe or comes up gasping for air then you know there is no enough oxygen down below and writers, particularly that of fiction, are like that bird," Tharoor said.
"Writers go down to the depth of the society and their gasps and suffocation alert the society that there is certain oxygen missing," he said.
Participating in the session 'India: The Power of Fiction Across Borders and of Translation', the Congress MP said that fiction contributes to the idea of resistance in the society.
"Literature takes you where you start looking at people and individuals--by which you can be more understanding and can connect with people. Literature draws you to specifics," he said.
He said the Dalit literature in India was a great example of it.