Malayalam novelist Sarah Joseph returns her Sahitya Academy award
Malayalam novelist Sarah Joseph on Saturday said she has decided to return her
Kendra Sahitya Academy award in protest against the ‘terror-like’ situation
prevailing in the country.
Joseph had bagged the
academy award in 2003 for her novel Aalahayude Penmakkal (Daughters of God, the
father). Joseph said the prevailing situation in the country was appalling.
“Writers are murdered
and the right to eat what one wants is denied. This is a deliberate attempt to
shatter the plurality of Indian society. As a writer, I have to strongly react
to this. The Prime Minister remained silent for nine days after the Dadri
incident. I am giving back the award in protest against the stand of the Union
Government,” she said.
Joseph had contested
the LS elections in 2014 as an AAP candidate.