11 May, 2021

‘I, As A Hindu, As A Believer, Am Horrified By This Ideology’

Nayantara Sahgal, who just returned her Sahitya Akademi award in protest against what she calls “the unmaking of India” on why she feels so angry and despondent

‘I, As A Hindu, As A Believer, Am Horrified By This Ideology’
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Writer and activist Nayantara Sahgal, 88, returned her Sahitya Akademi award in protest against what she calls “the unmaking of India” in the present dispensation’s “reign of terror”. She spoke to Satish Padmanabhan from her Dehradun home on why she feels so angry and despondent. Excerpts from the interview:

First the V-P and now the president has talked about the dangers to our core values, the reasons why you returned your Sahitya Akademi award. Do you think anyone in the present regime is listening?

Well, it is because they are not listening that I and others have taken this step to return the awards. I am returning the awards to awaken the conscience of the country, to make people aware of what is going on around them, to stop this attack on our secular heritage. The murder of writers, of rationalists, this terrible lynching of a Muslim man in Dadri, it has saddened and horrified me. And I am sure it’s just not me, millions of people in this country, most of them...

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