'Award Wapsi' writers to meet in Dandi

'Award Wapsi' writers to meet in Dandi

Senior writer from Gujarat G N Devy, who returned his Kendra Sahitya Akademi award opposing “intolerance”  in the country, said ­writers, artistes and social thinkers, who have returned awards would be meeting at Dandi in Gujarat on January 30.

He was speaking at an ‘Award Wapsi’ writers’ convention held at the Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha in Dharwad on Friday. He said that fundamentalists cannot muzzle writers and infringe on their rights.

“Research articles are based on truth and it is up to the people to accept or reject it. However, these research findings should not lead the researcher to a tragic end,”  he said. Devy said that writers will send a strong message to the government at the Dandi meeting. Prof Kalburgi’s killing has come as a shock to the field of literature and authors have decided to write a strong letter to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to speed up the investigation, he said.

Damodar Mauzo, a writer from Goa said that litterateurs and the public in his state were shocked about the rising crime against social thinkers.

“Prof Kalburgi’s killing is an attack on freedom of expression and the time is ripe for writers to prove that fringe elements cannot stop them from unearthing the truth,” he said. Anil R Joshi, a writer from Gujarat said that gun culture has emerged in a nation where Mahatma Gandhi lived.

“It is difficult to return awards which are our achievements, but there is no other way,” he added.

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