Poet Ashok Vajpeyi returns doctorate he got from Hyderabad Central University

The former Lalit Kala Akademi chairman, who was awarded D.Litt by the Central University of Hyderabad few years ago, said the institution has 'acted against human dignity and knowledge'.

Written by Ashutosh Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Updated: February 5, 2016 12:28 am
ashok vajpeyi 759 Ashok Vajpeyi was also among the first to return his Sahitya Akademi award to the government criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not speaking up. (Express Archive)

Veteran Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi has returned his D Litt from Hyderabad Central University in protest against the events leading to the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula. Vajpeyi said, “A Dalit student wanted to be a writer, but he was forced to commit suicide due to anti-Dalit policies. This is intolerance of another kind. I am returning the award in protest against the university authorities, who it seemed acted under political pressure.”

Read: Dalit student’s suicide takes political turn; Opposition, BJP trade charges

In a season of award wapasi, Vajpeyi, who turned 75 recently, was among the first writers who had returned their Sahitya Akademi awards in protest against the atmosphere of intolerance prevailing in the country.

Read: Behind Rohit Vemula’s suicide: how Hyderabad Central University showed him the door

Vajpeyi is organising a seminar with artists and writers on the attempts of restricting the creative and intellectual freedom in the country. “An atmosphere is developing in the country that muffles any kind of dissent and pushes it to the brink. We need to oppose it,” he said.
Vajpeyi said Hyderabad Central University has failed to uphold its duty of respecting knowledge.

Read: No evidence initially, then flip-flop began

Vajpeyi is a former chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi. His published works of poetry include the collections Shaher Ab Bhi Sambhavana Hai, Tatpurush, Bahuri Akela, Ibarat Se Giri Matrayen, Ummeed ka Doosra Naam and Vivaksha. He had received the Sahitya Akademi award in 1994 for his collection Kahin Nahin Wahin.


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    Abhinav Gour
    Jan 19, 2016 at 7:44 pm
    Return the award money too
    1. J
      Jai Kumar
      Jan 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm
      How the f@@@ will your award wapsi help!!!! Either help the situation or shut up
      1. b
        Jan 19, 2016 at 6:21 pm
        Today Ashok Vajpayie is a , Commie, Naxalite, Nepali, Chini, Maldivi, BUT NOT A BRAHMIN!
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          IML sood
          Jan 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm
          Good, another hypocrite and licker is trying to come in lime light. Better do this to show your true colour. No one bothers about you. A few of you like may show sympathy but sooner or later they are to be exposed very and very soon.
          1. P
            Jan 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm
            He should use it as a toilet paper and throw it away. He did not deserve it in the first place Thesis having being plagiarised.
            1. N
              Jan 19, 2016 at 6:16 pm
              Please return country's money too with interest. Where are these people when Malda incident happened? probably, free publicity stunt...
              1. R
                Jan 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm
                This guy is really Mad Like Pappu. How he got this award. Pappu got fame because of hi surname. How this Guy got award ??? its fishy..
                1. A
                  Jan 19, 2016 at 7:46 pm
                  Malda is in india ?
                  1. A
                    Jan 19, 2016 at 8:21 pm
                    Ye le lo aur ek anti-national. How dare he protest against our dear Modi ji? Doesn't he know under Modi that India is the land of milk and honey and you can only sing songs praising sri sri sri Modi ji and not return any awards??
                    1. a
                      Jan 19, 2016 at 7:49 pm
                      Why just return D. Lit. He should follow Rohith as his life is also useless to India.
                      1. A
                        Jan 19, 2016 at 6:41 pm
                        This fellow missed the train last time. Ha ha ha. Thanks for the info this fellow is a writer.
                        1. A
                          Jan 19, 2016 at 3:16 pm
                          'Leftist' student, not 'dalit' student should be the proper description.
                          1. A
                            Jan 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm
                            Here come the sanghi trolls, as educated as education minister and ganga racket minister. They have not heard of anyone but Manu. The only intellectual among them is Asaram bapu.
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                              sethuram Sethuram
                              Jan 20, 2016 at 2:21 am
                              Great start. I think university should return his Phd thesis and bill for 4/5 years for the Universities time and effort (educational, recreational and administration facilities) , for completion of the Phd. Everyone will be very happy.
                              1. B
                                Bhavadasan Veemboor Kadalayil
                                Jan 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm
                                Few dumb heads returned awards on “communal atmosphere” at Dadri But why all are silent on Malda incident?
                                1. K
                                  Jan 19, 2016 at 10:12 pm
                                  The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, and his equally uneducated cabinet colleagues are letting down India very badly. They have no education. They have no abilities to prevent the free-fall of India's economy. In the past India was fortunate to have such genius economists as Mr Manmohan Singh. But the 31% of the voters who brought the dokhla-bhai to power have created a huge problem for India. India must prepare itself for the next Lok Sabha elections. Send the selfie-chaser Gujjubhai back to selling chai and dokhla at the railway stations. India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has cl and substance. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is only good to run after the goras for selfies, and provide photoshopped black to pink images of himself to the media. Is is purely disgusting. Even the political leaders of Nepal and Maldives are too dignified to run after the goras for selfies.
                                  1. D
                                    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:33 pm
                                    So called awards are returned only when muslim or dalit die not for rest of the nation.
                                    1. D
                                      Jan 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm
                                      Oh oh. Next he will return his chaddi too. How ridiculous is the discourse becoming.
                                      1. d
                                        Jan 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm
                                        With the atude of indiscipline constantly shown and supported by the so called intellects, it will be difficult to control educational insutions and universities. Returning gifts and return gifts are different, some body should tell them.
                                        1. G
                                          Jan 19, 2016 at 5:12 pm
                                          Mr Ashok Vajpeyi, why did Malda not scour your conscience or for that matter the suicide of a family in Kerala just a few days ago? Stop being delusional now ,your protests are exposed for political opportunism and your awards and degree were patronage given by the congress regimes.
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                                            Eminent Indian
                                            Jan 23, 2016 at 5:54 pm
                                            In 1980s, he gained national recognition, starting with the establishment of Bharat Bhavan, which was inaugurated by prime minister ""Indira hi"". Vajpeyi lost his powerful position in MP, when Congress' rival ""Bharatiya Janata Party"" came to power in the state. lt;--- This is Why He is Returning his Award, ABP News.!! This is 21st Century, you can't hide Truth anymore
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