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