“I have always stood with all my writers”

Souradeep Roy spoke to Kannan Sundaram when he was in Delhi to receive the Samanvay Bhasha Samman 2015 on behalf of Perumal Murugan. Sundaram talks about setting up Kalachuvadu, started initially as a magazine by his father, the Tamil writer Sundara Ramaswamy. Sundaram also talks about the status of the petition filed in Murugan's favour at the Madras High Court. The controversy over Madhurobhagan (One Part Woman) isn’t the first Kalachuvadu has faced. There was significant opposition to their publishing Tamil feminist literature in the 1990s. At a time when publishers are increasingly reluctant to stand by their own writers, Sundaram maintains that he supports complete freedom of expression for all his writers.