Freedom of Expression

The rest is silence

Print edition : February 20, 2015

The "peace committee meeting" on January 12 convened by the DRO of Namakkal district. It did not involve a face-to-face interaction between Perumal Murugan and the representatives of the protesting groups. Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

N. Ram, Chairman of Kasturi and Sons Ltd, at The Hindu Lit For Life 2015 session on "Free Speech in Peril: The Issues at Stake". Also on the dais are (from left) A.R. Venkatachalapathy, Justice K. Chandru and Sashi Kumar, chairman, Media Development Foundation. Photo: R. Ravindran

The cover of Perumal Murugan's novel "Madhorubagan".

Bullied and heckled at a "peace committee meeting" by casteist outfits who found his novel Madhorubagan offensive, the writer Perumal Murugan withdraws all his written work from the public sphere despite a wave of support for him from across the world.

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