Nearly 20 writers of different languages across the country have returned the award now, protesting that the Akademi has failed to perform its duty as the custodian of creative literature in the country.
With 2.81 lakh youth clubs in villages and enrolment of about 80 lakh volunteers in the age group of 13-35, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports now aims to open clubs in each of the over six lakh villages.
The book Sanskriti Ke Char Adhyaya, borrows its historical framework largely from Jawaharlal Nehru’s Discovery of India and, significantly, remains perhaps the only Hindi book whose preface the first prime minister wrote.
Dantewada officers said the accused policemen were off duty Saturday. They went to Palnar market, reportedly inebriated, and had an altercation with a shopkeeper and thrashed locals when they tried to intervene.