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Sahitya Akademi protest: List of writers and artistes who returned awards over Kalburgi murder, Dadri lynching






Sahitya Akademi award returned
Uday Chopra, Nayantara Sahgal, Sarah Joseph and Ashok VajpeyiWiki Commons

Over the past one week, disgruntled writers and poets across the country have returned the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award to protest the increasing incidents of communal violence in India.

Several elite writers and poets have also resigned their posts in the 20-member General Council of the country’s top literary body, saying that they were shocked at the level of intolerance on freedom of speech and expression.

Hindi writer Uday Prakash was the first to return the prestigious award. Writer Nayantara Sahgal and poet Ashok Vajpeyi followed Prakash in protesting the murders of rationalists like MM Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar. They also came out against the shocking Dadri incident, in which a mob lynched a Muslim man in Greater Noida over rumours of eating and storing beef.

At least 17 authors  have returned the prestigious Akademi award, while four have resigned elite posts of the organisation.

Here is the list of litterateurs who returned their Sahitya Akademi Awards*

1Uday PrakashHindi writer
2Nayantara SahgalIndian English writer
3Ashok VajpeyiHindi poet
4Sarah JosephMalayalam novelist
5Ghulam Nabi KhayalKashmiri writer
6Rahman AbbasUrdu novelist
7Waryam SandhuPunjabi writer
8Gurbachan Singh BhullarPunjabi writer
9Ajmer Singh AulakhPunjabi writer
10Atamjit SinghPunjabi writer
11GN Ranganatha RaoKannada translator
12Mangalesh DabralHindi writer
13Rajesh JoshiHindi writer
14Ganesh DevyGujarati writer
15Srinath DNKannada translator



Kumbar Veerabhadrappa

Aman Sethi

Kannada novelist

Mumbai Author

18Rahmat TarikereKannada writer
19Baldev Singh SadaknamaPunjabi novelist
2JaswinderPunjabi poet
21Darshan BattarPunjabi poet
22Surjit PatarPunjabi poet
23Chaman LalPunjabi translator
24Homen BorgohainAssamese journalist
25Mandakranta SenBengali poet
26Keki N DaruwallaIndian English poet

After Punjab 18 Maharastra intelligesia joins the akademi  prote

8 more join list of disgruntled Maha intelligentsia, return awards

By Alka Dhupkar

Journalist and writer Ibrahim Afghan to return his Sahitya Akademi award, along with seven others, in protest of climate of intolerance.

The list does not include six Kannada writers who returned the State literary award on 3 October.

List of litterateurs who resigned from Sahitya Akademi posts

1Shashi DeshpandeKannada author
2K SatchidanandanMalayalam poet
3PK ParakkadvuMalayalam writer
4Aravind MalagattiKannada poet
Theatre artist Maya Krishna  Rao  returned the Sangeeta Natak Academi award

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  1. These writers are giving hope of strenghth is seculer aspirations of India.

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