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Kashmir’s literary body asks awardees to ‘stand up against silence’ of Sahitya Akademi

The literary body Adabi Markaz Kamraz (AMK), a body of more than 1100 writers of Kashmiri language, has expressed its solidarity with the writers who returned their Sahitya Akademi awards.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar |
October 11, 2015 7:45:43 pm
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Expressing its anguish over the silence of Sahitya Akademi over the “communal frenzy” in the country, Kashmir’s top literary body has asked the award winners from the valley to “stand up against this silence”.

The literary body Adabi Markaz Kamraz (AMK), a body of more than 1100 writers of Kashmiri language, has expressed its solidarity with the writers who returned their Sahitya Akademi awards.

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“The writers, who returned their awards in protest against the increasing communalization and criminalization in India must be supported by one and all,” said Syed Shujat Bukhari, the president of Adabi Markaz Kamraz.

“They are people with conscience and they have spoken the language of heart. It is time for all right thinking people to stand up and support these writers as they have emerged as a light at the end of a dark tunnel.”

The literary body has asked Sahitya Akademi to break its silence over “communal frenzy” in the country and also on the murder of professor Kalburgi, a month ago.

“Despite the protests and resignations tendered by eminent people associated with Akademi, it is yet to come clean vis-a-vis its stand on the issue,” Bukhari said.”The resignations by K Satchidanandan and Shashi Deshpande from the prestigious body of Sahitya Akademi and returning of awards by Nayantara Sahgal and former Lalit Kala Akademi chairman Ashok Vajpeyi and Uday Prakash is an eye opener not only for Akademi but also for the all the people who have conscience”.

Saying that the increasing intolerance over “petty issues” is a serious matter of concern for thinkers and writers, Bukhari has urged the Sahitya Akademi award winners from Kashmir to follow the writers who returned their awards.

“The Sahitya Akademi award winners from Kashmir must stand up against this silence and muster courage to side with right thinking people.

“Unfortunately this wave of communal frenzy has been showing its head in Jammu and Kashmir as well and if not contained and fought back it will have disastrous consequences” Bukhari said. “The Sahitya Akademi award winners from Kashmir must stand up against this silence and muster courage to side with right thinking people”.

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