Sahitya academy calls emergency meeting on Oct 23

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015,12:20 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Gorakhpur | Denying that there was any pressure from the Central government to convene the meeting, Sahitya Academy has called an emergency meeting of its executive body on October 23 at New Delhi to discuss the issue of writers returning their awards. 

A regular meeting between the board and eminent writers of different languages as its members was scheduled for December. However, the ongoing crisis in the literary world has forced the Academy to call an urgent meeting. Future course of action will be decided on the basis of the decision taken in the meeting, Academy president Vishwanth Tiwari said here today. 

He denied that there was any pressure from the Central government to convene the meeting. The Academy is an autonomous organisation and there is no government interference in it. The emergency meeting will discuss issues covering resignation of writers from Sahitya Academy and their decision to return literary awards, he said.
He had earlier criticised the writers’ move to return awards and had said instead of returning the awards, they should find another way of protest. He had expressed his resolve to personally request writers, in writing, not to quit the Academy and return the awards earned through their outstanding literary work. Around 16 authors have announced their decision to return their awards with some warning that minorities in the country today feel unsafe and threatened.
Eighty-eight year-old Nayantara Sahgal, niece of Jawaharlal Nehru, was among the first to lodge her protest against the Academy’s silence over repeated attacks on writers and rationalists who were raising their voice of dissent. Prominent others who had announced to return the awards are Kashmiri writer Gulam Nabi Khayal, Urdu Novelist Rahman Abbas, Kannada translator Shrinath DB and Hindi witer Mangalesh Dabrol.