Satchidanandan and Sara Joseph mark their protest
Poet Satchidanandan resigned from all posts of Kendra Sahitya Akademi protesting against the Akedemi’s failure in its duty to stand with writers and defend freedom of expression. Meanwhile, noted Malayalam author and activist Sara Joseph has decided to return the prestigious Kendra Sahitya Akademi award in protest against the ‘communal policies’ of central government.
Prof Satchidanandan lamented the Akademi’s inadequate response to the recent attacks on the freedom of expression followed by a series of murders of independent thinkers in dfferent parts of the country. Holding a ritual condolence meeting in a regional office, as the Akademi seems to have done, is hardly adequate, he said in his letter.
Communal policies: Sara Joseph to return Sahitya Akademi award in protest
Meanwhile, protesting against the ‘communal policies’ of central government, Malayalam author and activist Sara Joseph has decided to return the prestigious Kendra Sahitya Akademi award, reports Manorama News.
“There is a very scary situation being created in the country. It is my responsibility as an author to react on the issue,” she said.
Questioning the beef ban implemented in several states, Sara Joseph said, “The very right to choose our food is being taken away.”
This is the first time that an author from Kerala has reacted to the growing communal issues in the country. Earlier, Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi and writer Nayantara Sahgal had announced their decisions to return the Sahitya Akademi awards, as a mark of protest.
According to the Manorama report, poet Sugathakumari said there is no point in returning the award. However, she said she would mark her protest to the latest events in all possible ways.