Source: News Bharati English12 Oct 2015 17:51:32

New Delhi, October 12: The Sahitya Akademi will hold an emergency meeting on October 23 to discuss the alarming exodus of literary icons from the fraternity and writers returning their awards.

"In the meeting, a decision will be taken after holding a discussion with the committee. One writer representing each language will be present in the meeting," Sahitya Akademi president Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari told the media here.

Till now, 15 writers have returned their awards to the Akademi since Hindi writer Uday Prakash first did so last month over the killing of Kannada scholar M.M. Kalburgi.

In another blow to the Akademi, Kannada writer Aravind Malagatt resigned from the fraternity on Sunday.

Earlier on Saturday, Chairperson of Sahiyta Akademi Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari on Saturday said the extremist mindset prevailing in the country is one of the main reasons why respectable writers are returning their awards.

"It is sad. It is sad for the Sahitya Akademi that such respectable people are returning their awards. Many of our writers feel that the extremist mindset, which cannot tolerate the views of other people, is spreading in the country," Tiwari sai.

"The writers did not have any discussion with me before returning there awards. I will take this matter to the executive board which is the top most body of Sahitya Akademi," he added.

Malayalam novelist Sarah Joseph on Saturday said she has decided to return her Kendra Sahitya Academy award in protest against the 'terror-like' situation prevailing in the country.

Joseph had bagged the academy award in 2003 for her novel Aalahayude Penmakkal (Daughters of God, the father)

Earlier, eminent writer Nayantara Sahgal and former Lalit Kala Akademi chairperson Ashok Vajpeyi had returned their Sahitya Akademi awards to protest the 'growing intolerance' in the country.