Another noted writer returns Sahitya Academi Award


Ashoke Vajpai, former chairperson of Lalit Kala Academy, has returned his Sahitya Academi award to the government.

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Vajpai said, “It’s high time that writers take a stand.”

He condemned the killing of writers and rationalists like, Pansare, Kalburgi and Dhabolkar and added, “Artists are being killed and their killers have still not been caught. Irresponsible statements are [being] made everyday.”

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Vajpai also questioned the silence of PM Narendra Modi on the killing of rationalists and Dadri lynching of a Muslim man by a mob on October 29.

He said, “A man is murdered on basis of a rumor, & the PM is quiet about it. I mean, isn’t there right to life?”

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Earlier, Nayantara Sehgal, niece of Pd. Jawahar lal Nehru had returned her Sahitya Academi award while six Kannada writers had returned their literary awards to the Karnataka government.


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