“Writers are murdered and the right to eat what one wants is denied. This is a deliberate attempt to shatter the plurality of Indian society. As a writer, I have to strongly react to this. The Prime Minister remained silent for nine days after the Dadri incident.”
Meanwhile, Gujarat-based writer Ganesh Devy who won the prestigious award back in 1993 said that his decision was an expression of solidarity with several other writers, who have stated their concerns of “shrinking space for free expression” and “growing intolerance towards difference of opinion”. There are other writers too, who have given back their awards. They are Ashok Vajpeyi, Rahman Abbas, Uday Prakash and Gurcharan Singh. In response to the growing number of writers’ protesting over Akademi’s “silence” on rationalist MM Kalburgi’s murder, Sahitya Akademi’s chairperson Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari sent out a statement that said that the apex literary body stands for freedom of expression and condemns attack on any writer or artist anywhere. It then went on to assert that it was committed to the “core secular values” enshrined in the Constitution and the “right to life of all”. The latest string of protests took to 15 the number of writers who have returned their awards to the Akademi since Hindi writer Uday Prakash first did so last month over the killing of Kalburgi. Also on Sunday, Kannada author Aravind Malagatti submitted his resignation from the Akademi’s General Council.
The Akademi cannot draw its legitimacy by celebrating writers while shying clear of solidarity whn thy are targeted http://t.co/RoLDwaeoMT— Aman Sethi (@Amannama) October 11, 2015