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Nine more writers return Sahitya awards
New Delhi| The total reached to 15 in number the writers who have returned their awards to the Akademi since Hindi writer Uday Prakash first did over the killing of Kalburgi. Nine writers returned their Sahitya Akademi awards on Sunday in protest against the organisation’s silence on the recent killing of a man in Dadri over rumours of cow slaughter and the murder of author M M Kalburgi, Kannada author Aravind Malagatti submitted his resignation from the Akademi’s General Council.
Those who returned their awards on Sunday included Hindi poets Mangalesh Dabral and Rajesh Joshi;Vadodara-based Ganesh Devy; Konkani writer N Shivdas; Kannada writer KumVeerabhadrappa; and Gurbachan Singh Bhullar, Ajmer Singh Aulakh, Atamjit Singhand Waryam Singh Sandhu from Punjab. “We clearly see a threat to our democracy,secularism and freedom. There have been attempts to curb free speech earlie ralso, but such trends have become more pronounced under the present government.These are visible all over,” said Dabral and Joshi in a joint statement sent to media. In his letter to Akademi president Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, Devy said that he was returning his award“as an expression of solidarity with several eminent writers who have recently returned their awards to highlight their anxiety over the shrinking space for free expression and growing intolerance towards difference of opinion”. Konkani writer Shivdas said during a rally in Goa that he was returning this award asno action was taken against Sanatan Sanstha, an outfit whose members were allegedly involved in the killing of rationalists Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar.Veerabhadrappa returned the award he won in 2007, he condemned the Akademi’s“silence” over the killing of Kalburgi and the Dadri lynching. Several other writers expressed their concern over the growing intolerance in the society: Punjabi writer MeghRaj Mitter returned Shiromani Lekhak, the Punjab government’s highest award for writers. Adil Jussawalla, English poet wrote a letter to the Akademi president questioning his silence.
Date : 10/12/2015 10:15:20 AM News Bye : Priyadarshani Like :
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