Source: News Bharati English23 Oct 2015 17:13:31

New Delhi, October 23: As schedule the Akademi meeting on Friday, The Sahitya Akademi condemned the killing of writers and urged those who had returned their awards in protest to take them back.

Krishnaswamy Nachimuthu, an Akademi member and a Tamil scholar, after the meeting urged the Centre to ensure that the apt action is initiated against the anti-social elements in the country.

"We are all together, the decision was unanimous. The executive board of the Sahitya Akademi unanimously condemned the killings of M.M. Kalburgi and also appealed to the state and the Central Government to take steps to prevent such happenings in the future," said Nachimuthu.

"So, it appealed to the writers to take back the awards," he added.

Earlier in the day, the writers took out a peaceful march to protest against increasing intolerance in the country. Writers from across the nation gathered at the Shri Ram Centre and marched towards the Sahitya Akademi.

At least dozens of writers and novelist from all over the nation has returned their Akademi award to protest against the recent communal violence of Dadri and also the MM Kalburgi killing in Karnataka.

Kalburgi was shot dead at his home in Karnataka's Dharwad city on August 30.

Meanwhile, many writers and artisans came in protest of those who returned their award and mentioned that this is political motive behind who ever returning the awards.

Protesting to those returning the awards, Dr. Baldev Vanshi, novelist explained that this protest is truly in sense of political motive. On the other hand,  Saroja Vaidynathan classical dancer, said, Art is different from politics, those returning awards are under political influence.

Other senior artisan said, it’s sheer to defame the central government. This is respect given by Akademi those who feel its mere a piece of paper and award than they are not capable being honored as artist.

Earlier, bucking the trend, well-known author of Hindi books, Professor Namwar Singh, on Saturday questioned other literary icons on why they were returning their Sahitya Akadmi awards on alleged grounds of rising intolerance in the country.

Similarly, lashing out at writers returning their awards to the Sahitya Akademi, Veteran actor Anupam Kher on Wednesday said that the move is "politically motivated" and aimed to "discredit" Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"I think the move is politically motivated. It's not like violent incidents are happening in India for the first time," Kher told ANI. "I think this is mostly to discredit the Prime Minister. If they want to return, why not return everything?" he added.