‘Sad day govt can’t respect writers’
Authors have been at the receiving end of scathing comments in the recent weeks for returning the awards conferred on them protesting against “rising intolerance” across the country.
What will returning awards accomplish?; Why didn’t they do it on earlier occasions?; It’s all political. These have been some of the questions and comments thrown back at them.
Defending the move by writers, author Shashi Deshpande (in pic) said there were too many misunderstandings about what writers were protesting. The emphasis had been on returning awards. What began as a writers’ movement turned into a confrontation between two sets of writers. “Was it a result of some clever manipulation?” she wondered.
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