Malayalam novelist Sarah Joseph says issue of taking back Sahitya Akademi award does not arise

Sarah Joseph, a feminist and writer, had bagged the award in 2003 for her novel Aalahayude Penmakkal

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: October 23, 2015 10:16 pm
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Malayalam novelist Sarah Joseph said on Friday that religious intolerance in the country still persists and hence the issue of taking back the Sahitya Akademi award does not arise.

Joseph, who had returned the Kendra Sahitya Akademi award in protest against the terror-like situation in the country, was reacting to the Academy resolution asking writers to take back the awards they had returned.

“By giving back the award, I have registered my strong protest against growing religious intolerance. The situation has only worsened after the writers marked their protest. Hence, it would be a great blunder if I decide to take back the returned award,” Joseph said.

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She said the Akademi was forced to adopt this belated resolution after writers put strong pressure.

“We had protested against the silence of the Akademi. It is a relief that the Akademi has taken such a move, although belated,” she said.

She said the situation that prompted the writers to give back awards not only persists but has worsened further. The dog remark of Union Minister V K Singh shows that the mindset of intolerance remains very strong, she added.

Joseph, a feminist and writer, had bagged the award in 2003 for her novel Aalahayude Penmakkal.

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  1. Akash Gupte
    Oct 23, 2015 at 11:33 pm
    when such awards are returned, the award money too should be returned.
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      arc
      Oct 23, 2015 at 10:01 pm
      Gau Mata's gadha sons speaking in half-pant Hitler's voice.
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        disgusted
        Oct 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm
        It appears that you are eating from your lower mouth, the same from where you excrete. Also, do remember to check with your if she gave birth to from which one..
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          disgusted
          Oct 23, 2015 at 9:43 pm
          Oh my God!! Please accept it back your Majesty else India's integrity is under threat!!!
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            George Cruz
            Oct 23, 2015 at 11:47 pm
            Dear Sarah, the religious tolerance in India today is the result of the congress party's 65 years of communal divide favoring one community over the others for vote bank. The congress party has to take the full blame for the communal disharmony across India today. Why are you making political gestures instead of concentrating on improving literature and art???? The Indian citizens are thankful to you for returning the award and the monies ociated with it.
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