Several writers, including Nayantara Sahgal, have agreed to take back awards: Sahitya Akademi

"Sahitya Akademi has started sending back the awards to the writers...It has already been sent to Nayantara Sahgal. Another writer Nand Bhardwaj has also agreed to take back the award," said Sahitya Akademi president.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 22, 2016 7:54 pm
Sahitya Akademi, Nayantara Sahgal, award wapsi, Intolerance Sahitya Akademi Meanwhile, a culture ministry source said, “There is a list of 10 writers who have agreed to take back the awards they had returned. Sahgal and Bhardwaj are two confirmed names in the list.”

Sahitya Akademi on Friday said some of the writers, including Nayantara Sahgal, have agreed to take back the awards they had returned citing ‘growing intolerance’ in the country.

READ: Nayantara Sahgal, Ashok Vajpeyi question PM Modi’s ‘silence’, give back Sahitya Akademi awards

“Sahitya Akademi has started sending back the awards to the writers…It has already been sent to Nayantara Sahgal. Another writer Nand Bhardwaj has also agreed to take back the award. It would be sent to other writers as well,” Sahitya Akademi president Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari told reporters.

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He said the Akademi is also sending a copy of their resolution, which was passed in the October meeting, to all writers mentioning that there was no provision in its constitution to return the honours.

About 40 writers had returned their awards in the past few months to the Sahitya Akademi in the backdrop of Akademi’s silence on the murder of fellow writer M M Kalburgi as well against the “communal” atmosphere in the country following the Dadri lynching incident.

On October 23, Sahitya Akademi passed a unanimous resolution appealing to state and central governments to take steps to prevent such incidents and asked authors to take back the awards they had returned to protest against “rising intolerance”.

“The Akademi strongly condemns the killing of writer Kalburgi and appeals to the state and central government to take steps to prevent such incidents in the future,” Krishnaswamy Nachimuthu, an executive committee board member had said, after the nearly two-hour meeting.

Meanwhile, a culture ministry source said, “There is a list of 10 writers who have agreed to take back the awards they had returned. Sahgal and Bhardwaj are two confirmed names in the list.”

According to the source, Sahgal decided to take back her award as there is no provision to return the award, while Rajasthani writer Bhardwaj was “satisfied” with the response of the Akademi, condemning incidents of violence against writers.

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    Jai Kumar
    Jan 22, 2016 at 11:31 pm
    Good they will have something for Award waspi 2.
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      indian
      Jan 22, 2016 at 1:30 pm
      Great! India is tolerant again!
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        James
        Jan 22, 2016 at 3:07 pm
        This s does not deserves the awards...
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          MyTake
          Jan 22, 2016 at 7:01 pm
          These returnees are nothing but political p r o s t i t u t e s in every sense of the word! Now theyvarevtakingvit back! Do not have the conviction tobstandvtheir ground tells it all!
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            Zina
            Jan 22, 2016 at 11:13 pm
            So the divorce is over? Only Indian Express became rich from award wapasi drama. ------------ Spare the public these childish tantrums.
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              Vikrant
              Jan 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm
              True character of leftists... no spine only nautanki
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                ak dev
                Jan 22, 2016 at 6:03 pm
                These hypocrites had disgraced the Sahitya Academy and the country. Why should Sahitya Academy show respect to these criminals?
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                  Anangsen
                  Jan 22, 2016 at 5:52 pm
                  How convenient!
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                    sethuram Sethuram
                    Jan 23, 2016 at 12:31 am
                    Award wapsi wapsi?
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                      Karunakaran
                      Jan 23, 2016 at 1:38 am
                      About 200 million Dalits will be voting against the BJP and the selfie-hunting joker at the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. BJP was super lucky to receive 31% votes at the last Lok Sabha elections. At the next Lok Sabha election, BJP cannot get more than about 15% of the votes. No Muslim votes. No Dalit votes. No South India votes. No Delhi votes. No Bihar votes. And believe it or not, hardly any Gujarat votes! So get ready for Mr Nitish Kumar to be the next PM.
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                        Karunakaran
                        Jan 23, 2016 at 1:44 am
                        Dalits must start demanding a dedicated Central University for the Dalits. That is the only way India can ensure the non-Dalit teachers will stop disrespecting India's original inhabitants. US has dedicated universities for the blacks.
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                          Ram
                          Jan 22, 2016 at 2:16 pm
                          Looks like the writers are a bunch of comedians!! Awards are not some eggs for one to return and take back from a petty shop round the corner. If one can question the integrity of the body that determines the candidates for awards, well, there is justice in not accepting them. One cannot go by events taking place in a dynamic environment and keep changing their minds. These writers are not worth a salt, let alone awards.
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                            Chandrashekhar Deshpande
                            Jan 22, 2016 at 3:13 pm
                            The awards should not be given back to this kind of 'Mandalies'. What is the contribution of these Mandalies for the literary world on the global front? All these should be sent to Syria or eleswhere they feel freedom of speech and tolarance is abudently exists let them take 'Shawas' in the free air of Iraq.
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                              Kaliyug
                              Jan 22, 2016 at 10:04 pm
                              shameless and characterless to the core, those who gave-up their awards should not take it back, you had no principles then and not now.
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                                tyhj
                                Jan 22, 2016 at 2:55 pm
                                Send all these fake and selective mourner's to Syria. Let them live in the most tolerant World of the ISIS.
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                                  Gopal
                                  Jan 22, 2016 at 10:56 pm
                                  Can we not give it back to her? She never deserved it in the first place.
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                                    Hari Goyal
                                    Jan 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm
                                    If there is no provision at Sahitya Acadami to return awards , make one now otherwise these shameless political rewardees will return again and again knowing well that he will never lose it.
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                                      PKR
                                      Jan 22, 2016 at 1:12 pm
                                      The woman is satisfied by the tolerance shown by Mamata in Malda ,hence she has taken her award back ,to return it next time when some Hindu does mischief.
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                                        Insaan
                                        Jan 23, 2016 at 12:26 am
                                        Rajan, I posted my comment little over nine hours ago. I see none after that. As for my rigid view on the issue, I guess it is little far-fetched for those who first opened their eyes way after the so called independence. It is particularly so for those who think use of English language is an essential part of Indian society. But, then, this is no forum to discuss my tale of woes with Indian politics.
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                                          Insaan
                                          Jan 22, 2016 at 11:36 pm
                                          You sure have a point there. I’m sorry I was rather vague in my statement. What I meant was the insutions who historically claim their existence to the Raj like the Sahitya Akademi or, for example, the Sanskrit College, Calcutta did on their website. You will find the following excerpt from the origin and foundation of the Mayo College in Ajmer website quite interesting, “Concerned at the rising awareness of nationalism after the Indian Mutiny of 1857, the British realized that to strengthen their hold in India they, being just a handful, needed to widen their political and psychological management of India and the Indians. Thus they began to focus on education and in pursuit of this objective Macaulay's minutes on Education of 1837 "to create a cl of people-Indian in Blood and Color but English in opinions, in morals and in Intellect" became the cornerstone of their strategy.”
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                                            jayaram reddi
                                            Jan 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm
                                            If people returned their awards they should not be given back. Once returned they lost them.
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