Social activist Medha Patkar hailed writers’ returning their respective Sahitya Akademi awards in protest of Kannada scholar MM Kalburgi’s murder and the Dadri lynching incident.
Patkar said that an atmosphere of communalism was prevailing in the country which is threatening the secular fabric of the Indian society.
Patkar, who was attending a joint conference called by Jan Andolan’s National Coordination in Jaipur, said:
“We respect the littérateurs who returned their awards to Akademi as an atmosphere of communalism and divisive forces is prevailing in the country as a threat to society,”
She urged the writers saying that they could bring changes in society by their serious commitment and strong writings.
Since the start of this month, following writer Nayantara Sahgal’s example, many well-known authors have returned the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards given to them.
Though some eminent writers also advised against the move, a large majority feels that such an initiative is justified.