Source: News Bharati English13 Oct 2015 13:51:52

Ludhiana, October:  Poet from Punajb Surjit Patar and Jammu and Kashmir veteran writer Ghulam Nabi Khayal returned his Sahitya Akademi Award on Tuesday to register their protest against the growing incidents of intolerance and communal violence in the country.

Recently, poets Jaswinder and Darshan Buttar, and prose writer Baldev Singh Sadaknama also returned their awards, taking the total number of such writers from Punjab to eight. However, the overall total from country has climbed up to more than Dozen, of which few council members even have resigned.

Similarly after Patar giving its Sahitya Akademi award back to the council, J&K writer Ghulam Nabi Khayal also return is award which was crowned in 1975, he said “I have decided to return Sahitya Akademi award to Government”.

Citing the reason for returning back his award, Khayal said “Reason behind this step is, I’ve been watching situation in country, particularly for last 1 year when BJP took over at Centre”. He further said “Certain happenings took place aimed at division of communities on religious basis spreading of communalism”.

Theatre artist Maya Krishna Rao returned her Sangeet Natak Akademy award yesterday in protest against the Dadri lynching case and the rising intolerance in the country.

Two eminent writers GN Devy and Aman Sethi on Sunday announced that they were returning their Sahitya Akademi awards, joining the growing protest by litterateurs over "rising intolerance" and "communal" atmosphere, and the "silence" of the Sahitya Akademi over the killing of Kannada scholar M. M. Kalburgi.

Writer returned their awards after noted Kannada author Aravind Malagatti resigned from the Sahitya Akademi's Common Council.

On August 30, two unidentified assailants allegedly shot dead Kalburgi (77) at his residence at Dharwad in north Karnataka.

On Friday, acclaimed writer Shashi Deshpande had resigned from the Sahitya Akademy, while other six writers returned their Arulu Sahitya awards to the Kannada Sahitya Academy on October 3 over the delay in the arrest of the accused in the murder of eminent Kannada writer, scholar, rationalist and academic, Kalburgi.