Writers' protest

Fighting intolerance

Print edition : November 13, 2015

Writers and cultural activists at a protest march outside the Sahitya Akademi in New Delhi on October 23. Photo: Altaf Qadri/AP

K. Satchidanandan, a former Secretary of the Sahitya Akademi. Photo: R. RAVINDRAN

Uday Prakash, Hindi writer and poet. Photo: PTI

Sara Joseph, Malayalam writer. Photo: S. RAMESH KURUP

Ashok Vajpayi, Hindi poet.

Novelist Anita Desai, also a Sahitya Akademi awardee, urged the institution to defend the rights of free speech of writers. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

The attacks on writers, activists and members of the minority community by vigilante squads, which betray the rising intolerance of plurality in the polity, prompt many renowned writers to return their Sahitya Akademi awards.

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