Writers in Kerala are divided on the issue of returning Sahitya Akademi awards in protest against alleged communal atmosphere prevailing now and attack on theirfratrnity. Noted novelist P Valsala, Jnanpith laureate M T Vasudevan Nair and poetess Sugathakumari and well known writer U A Khader expressed their disapproval of returning the award conferred to them while
K Satchidanadan, P K Parakkadavu, Sara Joseph decided to returned the award in protest against the incident.Reacting to the issue, P Valsala said "those who had bought the awards are now returning it, but the people who were selected for the awards will not return it. The current protest by a group of writers is politically motivated aiming to attract media attention."
MT Vasudevan Nair clarified that he was not against any protest, but would not return the Akademi honours received by him in 1968. The ongoing protest would not give desired result, he added.
Sugathakumari opined that there is no point in returning the award as part of writer's protest.UA Khader said "the returning of award is aimed at appeasing certain political parties. I am not ready to return the award to appease any political party as part of any political agenda."
Historian MGS Narayan clarified that he would react to the incident only after studying the current controversy in detail.
Noted writers P Narayana Kurup, K L Mohana Varma, George Onakkur, K B Sreedevi, Dr D Babu Paul, Dr AM Unnikrishnan and P R Nathan also criticized the act of returning the honours by the award winners.
P Narayana Kurup alleged that the writers like Sara Joseph, Satchidanadan and Paul Zacharia were trying to appease the minorities through their protest. They were always promoting anti-Hindu and anti-Modi stand through their writing, he said. "There is no treat to religious harmony or secularism in the country as propagated by pro-left writers," Narayana Kurup said.UNI DS VV RSS1410
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