PM’s choice of words on Dadri lynching ‘very weak’: Writer Shashi Deshpande

Narendra Modi told a Bengali daily that the murder of a Muslim man in Dadri over rumours of eating beef and the opposition to Pakistani singer Ghulam concert is "undesirable and unfortunate."

By: PTI | Bengaluru | Published: October 14, 2015 1:56 pm
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Eminent author Shashi Deshpande today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment on the Dadri lynching incident were “far too weak.”

The eminent author, who had resigned from the general council of the Sahitya Akademi expressing “disappointment” over PM’s silence on Kannada author Kalburgi’s murder, said that Modi has used a very weak word “unfortunate” to term the lynching incident.

The Prime Minister told a Bengali daily that the murder of a Muslim man in Dadri over rumours of eating beef and the opposition to Pakistani singer Ghulam concert is “undesirable and unfortunate.”

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“Unfortunate is a very weak term and the leader of the country should be morally responsible for whatever is happening in your country. People have elected you and a few words from the leader of the country makes a lot of difference,” Deshpande told PTI.

The Prime Minister had said, “Such debate has taken place in the past. BJP always opposed pseudo-secularism. Now again this debate is taking place in the face of unfortunate social malaise.”

The 77-year-old writer said, “I don’t agree with him when he says BJP has always opposed pseudo secularism.”

Deshpande, author of several novels, short stories and essay collections and books for children, had won the Sahitya Akademi award for her novel “That Long Silence” in 1990. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009.

Deshpande said she would not be returning her award as was done by a barrage of writers including Nayantara Sahgal, Sara Joseph, Ashok Vajpeyi and Uday Prakash, stating that she “did not believe in handing back an award that was given to her by a body of writers.”

The author also welcomed the decision of the Akademi to hold a Executive Board meeting on October 23.

“Hopefully they can all sit down and define their roles in a better manner and it can be an occasion to relook at the decisions and be involved with crucial issues that affect writers freedom to speak and write,” Deshpande said.

At least 27 writers, poets, playwrights and translators have so far returned their Sahitya Akademi award with Punjabi writer Dalip Kaur Tiwana handing over her Padma Shri award against the “rising intolerance” in the country.

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  1. Z
    Oct 15, 2015 at 4:57 am
    Thank you for not returning the award mindlessly like the other adherents and followers of the Nehru clan. At least you are thinking of the country and the award in a proper perspective unlike others. .....Also, how is that there was no outrage from all the authors and writers when Shankar Kumar a truck driver was killed last year at Najafgarh for transporting dead animals in his truck? Was it because he was a Hindu?
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      neeraj kumar
      Oct 14, 2015 at 3:42 pm
      shashi deshpande jee did you hear about incident where catholics organised pork party and were mobbed by some people in kerala? donot you think you received highest literary award to voice your freedom to express in honest way?
      1. S
        Oct 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm
        Modi's response may be weak in your view, but your response to all tragedies before May 2014 were non-existent. So, in my view Modi is still a better person than you are, ma'am!
        1. A
          Oct 14, 2015 at 3:50 pm
          be practical man. how can modi speak against these guys .they are his loyal base .this is politics. winners can do anythingh.consution is just a piece of paper.if you want your way of governance you have to election or by force.everythingh is fair in politics.that is the rule humankind has followed.
          1. A
            Oct 14, 2015 at 2:49 pm
            Loads of people, well looked after by the Nehru-hi dynasty for ages and in some danger of losing their freebies, perks and privileges are going to pay their dues now. And there is a sense of urgency. If the dynasty does not come back soon these folks risk falling below the poverty line. Help the weakening dynasty as best you can, help those who are now unable to help themselves, get MODI out the way anyhow!
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