Thrissur, Oct. 10 (ANI): Malayalam writer Sarah Joseph, who returned the Kendra Sahitya Akademi award, on Saturday, said that growing incidents of communal violence is affecting plurality and democracy of the country.
She also expressed concern over the prevailing ‘fear inducing environment’ in the country.
“The growing communal violence in this country is a horrific sign. In India there is this fear-inducing environment for the artists, social activists and above all, all Indians..I fear that this will affect the plurality and the democracy of the country,” Joseph told ANI.
“Dadri lynching is not the only incident which reveals such sort of fear-inducing environment.Dalkabar.kalburgi.. All these show growing intolerance. Ghulam Ali and Mehdi Hasan.its their music that is popular in India..how can you ban them?” she added.
The eminent Malayalam writer further said that social activists and writers should join hands and protest against the growing intolerance in the country.
Joseph returned the prestigious Kendra Sahitya Akademi award protesting against the ‘communal policies’ of the central government.
Malayalam and English poet K. Satchidanandan quit the Sahitya Akademi today becoming the latest literary icon to do so.
Writer Shashi Deshpande resigned from the Sahitya Akademi General Council yesterday, saying she is ‘deeply distressed’ by the silence of the Akademi on the murder of Professor M M Kalburgi, a Kannada writer, scholar and winner of the Akademi award, who was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Dharwad.
The Literary icons have been protesting against the soaring cases of communal violence in the country and the inaction of the government to bring the perpetrators to justice. (ANI)