Writ­ers la­ment

Writ­ers and many other peo­ple are protest­ing all across In­dia against the high-handed pol­i­tics of Naren­dra Modi.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Sam­ina Wahid

Many In­dian writ­ers have protested against the cur­rent gov­ern­ment.

The high­est lit­er­ary award in In­dia be­stowed by the Sahitya Akademi (Na­tional Acad­emy of Let­ters) comes with a fair de­gree of pres­tige. Ev­ery year, it awards this honor to some of the best novelists, play­wrights and po­ets that In­dia has to of­fer. This year, how­ever, some 40 writ­ers have re­turned the prize to the Acad­emy to protest against the alarm­ing rise of vi­o­lent Hindu na­tion­al­ism in the coun­try. This, they say, is en­dan­ger­ing the free­dom of speech and other sec­u­lar rights and tra­di­tions. In fact, of late, sev­eral Western writ­ers, in­clud­ing Sal­man Rushdie, have openly spo­ken against ris­ing ex­trem­ism un­der the Hindu na­tion­al­ist gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

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