We recently reported that several writers returned their Sahitya Akademi Awards after author Nayantara Sahgal started the initiative last week to voice her protest against the “vicious assault” on India’s diversity and on issues like the murder of eminent Kannada writer MM Kalburgi.
What is more, many writers have resigned from their post at the Akademi, and Garg fears that if writers kept on resigning from the Akademi board, the government might take the opportunity and appoint their own representative onto the board.
Though the resignation might be a growing concern for Garg, according to DNA, only four members of the prestigious board have officially resigned. What is more, they further add that they received mails from only four authors about returning their awards.
While talking to DNA, Akademi secretary K Srinivasarao said:
“We have received letters from Uday Prakash, Ashok Vajpeyi and e-mails from Aman Sethi and GN Devy. The other resignations I am hearing about in the media.”