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Arundhati Roy- Why I am returning my  National Award

Roy says that “Although I do not believe that awards are a measure of the work we do, I would like to add the National Award for Best Screenplay that I won in 1989 to the growing pile of returned awards”.
  • Arundhati RoyArundhati Roy  AFP photo

Acclaimed writer and political activist Arundhati Roy seems to be the latest in a long line of intellectuals who have decided to return their awards to the government in the face of ‘growing intolerance’ in India.

Arundhati Roy has announced her decision via an article in the Indian Express. In the article, Roy says that “Although I do not believe that awards are a measure of the work we do, I would like to add the National Award for Best Screenplay that I won in 1989 to the growing pile of returned awards”.

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Comment (1)

  1. Gaurav Jain

    Dear Madam Arundhati,
    I think your talk of intolerance now is absolutely absurd. Where were you when Congress massacred Sikhs in 1984 for just a reason that the person who killed was a Sikh.Also I would say that Law and order is a state subject. How killing of Dadri can be linked to National Crime. It is a law and order problem of Uttar Pradesh. Where were you during Nirbhaya case, was that not intolerance for you. I think you are just motivated by your selfish reasons. Want to get glorified by demeaning the Central Govt. Want to get limelight I think. Nothing much happening in your life and so you want some cheap publicity. If you are ashamed of your country please feel free to vacate this country and join some other different tolerant nation if you think so. Nobody is forcing you to stay in this country.

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