• A Letter by Writers In Response to the Sahitya Akademi’s Resolution

    November 1, 2015

    November 1, 2015

    Shri Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari,

    President, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi

    Dear Mr Tiwari,

    We have learnt from media reports that a resolution was passed by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi on October 23, 2015 to condemn the shocking murder of Professor M.M. Kalburgi, and to support the right to freedom of speech of every writer in India. This is an urgent matter at this moment of spiralling hatred and intolerance.

    The statement could have come earlier; but now that it has come, we urge you to build on this resolution to rethink how the Akademi can truly support its constituency of all writers in India and, by extension, the people of the country. As writers, we strongly feel that the Akademi can play a real and positive role by being independent and autonomous; and by responding to the situations in a strong, humane and robust manner.

    We have read in media reports that the Akademi appeals to us to “take back” our awards and/ or our positions in the Akademi. Whatever each writer decides, may we jointly appeal, in turn, that the Akademi reinvent itself to connect with the India we writers, our readers, and our fellow citizens live in?

    Yours sincerely,

    1. Adil Jussawalla
    2. Ajmer Aulakh
    3. Ananya Guha
    4. Anil Joshi
    5. Arup Kumar Dutta
    6. Ashok Vajpeyi
    7. Atamjit Singh
    8. Baldev Sadaknama
    9. Bina Sarkar Ellias
    10. Chaman Lal
    11. Damodar Mauzo
    12. Darshan Buttar
    13. Datta Naik
    15. Easterine Kire
    16. Ganesh Devy
    17. Githa Hariharan
    18. Gurbachan Singh Bhullar
    19. Jaswinder
    20. K. Satchidanandan
    21. Keki Daruwalla
    22. Krishna Sobti
    23. Kum Veerabhadrappa
    24. Mandakranta Sen
    25. Mangalesh Dabral
    26. Manmohan
    27. Mitra Phukan
    28. Mohan Bhandari
    29. Nayantara Sahgal
    30. Pargat Singh Satauj
    31. Patricia Mukhim
    32. Pradnya Pawar
    33. Rahman Abbas
    34. Rajesh Joshi
    35. Sara Joseph
    36. Shashi Deshpande
    37. Shubha
    38. Surjit Patar
    39. Uday Prakash
    40. Waryam Sandhu
    41. Xonzoi Barbora

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