25 January, 2021

One Part Dead

A meeting with the author driven to commit ‘artistic suicide’

One Part Dead

Countdown To Suicide

  • 2010 Madhorubhagan, a novel, is published
  • 2013 Its English translation, One Part Woman, comes out
  • Dec 26, 2014 Fringe groups and the RSS protest. The Kongu Vellala Gounder community, to which Muru­gan belongs, joins the protesters, saying his portrayal of Gounders is defamatory.
  • Dec 28, 2014 Protests turn to a call for ban on the book.
  • Jan 7, 2015 Murugan meets community members, agrees to drop references to where novel is set. But the call for the ban continues.
  • Jan 13 Murugan announces on Facebook that ‘Perumal Murugan the writer is dead.’
  • Jan 20 Progressive Writers and Artists Assoc­iation moves Madras High Court in support of Murugan.



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