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Authors urge Sahitya Akademi to reinvent itself

(Last Updated On: 01/11/2015)

TIA NEWS /

A group of 41 authors including those who had returned their Sahitya Akademi awards, today  urged the Academy of Letters to build on the resolution passed during its recent emergency meet and respond in a “strong, humane and robust” manner to situations.

Noting that the resolution could have come earlier, the writers urged the Akademi to rethink how it can truly support its constituency of all writers in India and, by extension, the people of the country.

“This is an urgent matter at this moment of spiralling hatred and intolerance,” a group of 41 writers said a statement to the Akademi president, and also asked the literary body to “reinvent” itself. At least 36 writers including Nayantara Sahgal, Ashok Vajpeyi, had one after another returned their state awards in protest against the Akademi’s “muted response” to killings of writers and rationalists, besides on incidents such as the Dadri lynching and blackening of Sudheendra Kulkarni’s face in Mumbai.

Five writers had also stepped down from the literary body’s official positions. Yielding to the writers’ unrelenting protests, the Akademi had on 23 October strongly condemned the killings of Kannada writer M.M. Kalburgi and others and supported the right to freedom of speech of every writer in the country, while urging litterateurs to take back the awards that they have returned.

The letter also accounts that the, Akademi can play a real and positive role by being independent and autonomous. The authors, of the letter include Nayantara Sahgal, Ashok Vajpeyi, Ganesh Devy, Githa Hariharan, Gurbachan Singh Bhullar, K Satchidanandan, Keki Daruwalla, Krishn Sobti, Sara Joseph, Shashi Deshpande and Waryam Sandhu, among others.

At least 36 writers had one after another returned their state awards in protest against the Akademi’s “muted response” to killings of writers and rationalists, besides on incidents such as the Dadri lynching and blackening of Sudheendra Kulkarni’s face in Mumbai.

Five writers had also stepped down from the literary body’s official positions.

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