Rajat Sharma

Writers protest

Returning of awards by some of the country’s literary icons has generated a huge debate in the country. The question is whether it is a manufactured revolt or a genuine act of protest. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad questioned why were Awards not returned during the Meerut or Bhagalpur riots. Questions have also been raised on why none in Maharashtra returned their awards when rationalist Narendra Dhabolkar was mercilessly killed. Whatever the case may be, writers cannot exhibit political patronage or any leanings…they bring people together with their writings. They are the pathfinders of the society.

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