14 October 2015

41 writers return Indian award, cite climate of intolerance

Books by Indian writer Nayantara Sahgal are arranged for illustration purpose at a bookstore in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Dozens of writers, including Sahgal, have returned India's highest literary honor to protest what they call a growing climate of intolerance in the country since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government took office.
Many in India's literary community are disgusted. Dozens of writers say every day brings more evidence of intolerance and bigotry going mainstream — a man lynched allegedly for eating beef, an atheist critic of Hindu idol worship gunned down — all met by a deafening silence from the government.
As of Wednesday, 41 novelists, essayists, playwrights and poets had returned the awards they received from India's prestigious literary academy to protest what they call a growing climate of intolerance under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

41 writers return Indian award, cite climate of intolerance

Books by Indian writer Nayantara Sahgal are arranged for illustration purpose at a bookstore in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Dozens of writers, including Sahgal, have returned India's highest literary honor to protest what they call a growing climate of intolerance in the country since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government took office.
Dozens of writers have returned India's highest literary honor to protest what they call a growing climate of intolerance in the country since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government took office.
As of Wednesday, 41 novelists, essayists, playwrights and poets had returned the awards they received from India's prestigious literary academy, saying they cannot remain silent about numerous incidents of communal violence or attacks on intellectuals across the country over the past year.