Lending his support to the writers’ protest, noted Hindi littérateur Kashinath Singh has announced that he is also returning his Sahitya Akademi Award. Singh, who made the announcement this past Friday expressed his anguish over recent communal incidents in the country and said that he would like to return the award he received in 2011 for his novel ‘Rehan Par Ragghu’
Expressing his concern over freedom of expression, Singh accused that communal and fascist forces were trying to enforce their agenda in the country.
Beside his Akademi winning novel, Singh is most famous for writing Hindi novel ‘Kashi ka Assi’
, a novel which was later adopted for the Sunny Deol-starrer “Mohalla Assi
Expressing his concern to Times of India
, Singh said:
“A threat is looming large on the freedom of expression.”
Singh who besides being a known writer was formerly a professor of Hindi literature in Banaras Hindu University had recently received the ‘Bharat Bharti Award’, the highest literary award given by the Uttar Pradesh government.
Ahead of India’s Lok Sabha elections in 2014, he had also opposed Modi’s arrival in Varanasi and had said that Modi would use the holy city for Hindutva agenda.
He had then warned that such an agenda would pose threat to Varanasi’s composite culture. Since the start of this month many noted writers have retuned their awards
in protest over the Dadri lynching case.