Tamil author and scholar Perumal Murugan talks about the importance of translations, the role of Sahitya Akademi and his return to writing in a conversation with The Wire’s books editor Omair Ahmad.
Author Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar had earlier said he was facing intense online abuse, and a group of Adivasis had taken out a protest against him, burning his effigy and books.
The Marathi classic novel, available in English for the first time, delves into the futility of literary idealism and the failure of counterculture.
Whatever the official state of the language, recent events at two literary institutions do not augur well for the future of writers.
While the Culture Ministry’s new ‘Outstanding’ category of artists puts stalwarts alongside young practitioners for festivals of India abroad, the ‘Promising’ section has organisations that call themselves NGOs.
The culture minister has three more years to go. One can only hope that at least all vacancies in the cultural institutes are filled before he releases any future self-signed progress reports.
“A highly polarised community is like a nuclear bomb close to criticality. It can explode any time and drive the nation to utter chaos.”
Breaking its silence, the Akademi took to pacifying the authors who accused it of not speaking out against the killings of writers and rationalists, besides on incidents like the Dadri lynching and ink attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni.
Can the Sahitya Akademi be pushed to take that one step across the lakshman rekha which it has not taken until now – to prove they are separate from the state and can take an oppositional position when they see an arm of the state doing wrong?
If Left and Nehruvian ideas have no relevance, as is being said, then why are writers accused of left-liberal ideas being attacked so viciously?
We can only be assured of a peaceful future if we see some commitment from the highest levels of the Indian government that the law will be enforced. Platitudes regarding communal harmony will only encourage the lawbreakers.
It is dismaying to see that the brave reaction to the action of the writers in returning their awards has been either petty or trivialising
“I can’t fight the growing communal forces physically so I have decided to lodge a silent protest by returning the award,” the 75-year-old author of more than 30 books said.
Punjabi writer says he remains hopeful that in the end people and literature will emerge stronger
Strangely enough, or perhaps characteristically, the Prime Minister did not promise severe action against the killers of writers, rational thinkers and ordinary people suspected of eating beef.
Poet hopes Akademi will stir from its “soporific stance and act. We need to fear no one in this matter.’
In an exclusive interview to The Wire, author Nayantara Sahgal answers her critics about her decision to return the Sahitya Akademi award
The list of writers returning state honours or protesting against the silence of government cultural institutions is growing and includes Sara Joseph and Rehman Abbas.
Her announcement comes in the wake of three other awardees having returned their Akademi trophies protesting the persecution of rationalists.
The following is a short note the poet, writer and litterateur has written to the Sahitya Akademi explaining his decision to return the award he had received in 1994. On October 5, 2015, the writer Nayantara Sahgal returned her award. These are very difficult times for literature, the […]
I am doing this in memory of the Indians who have been murdered, in support of all Indians who uphold the right to dissent, and of all dissenters who now live in fear and uncertainty.
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