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Indian Authors Protest Rising Climate Of Intolerance: Return Awards

10/13/2015 4:17:54 PM
written By : Team India Se Print

Writers all over India have been protesting the rising climate of intolerance in the country by returning the prestigious Sahitya Akademi awards. The dissent was caused after the murder of Kannada writer and Sahitya Akademi Award winner MM Kalburgi and the recent the horrific killing of a Muslim man by a Hindu mob over false rumors that he had consumed beef.

The list of writers returning their Sahitya Akademi Awards has been growing after 88-year-old Nayantara Sahgal, well-known author and niece of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru returned hers.

In an interview to a leading Indian newspaper, Sahgal said there is now “an attempt to blow up the idea of India and to put in its place a kind of travesty of Hinduism, a kind of monoculture, which has nothing to do with Hinduism.”

Three Punjabi writers and three other eminent authors -- one each from Gujarat, Delhi and Karnataka -- announced on Sunday they will return their Sahitya Akademi awards to protest against the government’s “onslaught on freedom of expression”. These include playwrights Ajmer Aulakh and Atamjit and Canada-based Waryam Sandhu, Delhi-based Aman Sethi, Ganesh Devi, a leading author from Gujarat and a tribal rights activist, joined him and Kannada writer Aravind Malagatt.

Tweeted India’s leading social commentator and India Se’s columnist Shobhaa De “Finally, an epidemic India can be proud of: eminent writers returning their awards!”

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