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Reputed Malayalam literary critic M M Basheer was last month forced to discontinue his six-part series on Ramayana in the Mathrubhumi daily. According to reports, he cut short the series after the 5th column when he received threatening and abusive calls from a little known right-wing group calling itself Hanuman Sena. The fringe Hindutva outfit objected to a Muslim writing on Lord Ram and critiquing the Ramayana. Basheer’s series on Ramayana has been a regular feature in the daily since last three years during the Malayalam month of Karkidakam which is observed as ‘Ramayana month’. This is the latest in a series of such incidents amidst a growing climate of cultural intolerance and violence against writers, intellectuals and novelists in the country. Noted Malayalam writer N S Madha...

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