People who think freely are being shot dead while some are being lynched on a mere suspicion of consuming beef. Fringe groups are fast emerging in India and are gaining ground as well while the government fails to acknowledge the threat they might posses. While Indian PM, Narendra Modi, is busy touring the world and meeting CEOs to rake in investments and declare a digital future for his dear nation, he is failing to speak about other terrifying yet crucial issues which have grappled the entire nation.
Prime Minister’s silence on these issues has imparted confidence to these extremist elements while also irking intellectuals and writers who are more concerned regarding the freedom of expression and thought in India. Some time earlier, popular Hindi writer Uday Prakash returned his Sahitya Akademi award due to the murder of MM Kalburgi who is another Sahitya Akademi awardee by some members of an extremist group. Later, six more Kannada writers followed Prakash’s steps and did the same.
Now, famous writer Nayantara Sahgal has done the same and she has returned the award along with an open letter in which she has mentioned that Modi’s silence over this current scenario is disappointing. Sahgal was accompanied by Ashok Vajpeyi who, a former Lalit Kala Akademi chairperson, who returned this prestigious award by saying that it is high time that writers start taking their stand for what’s necessary.
With the return of this famous award by popular writers of the nation, we can definitely expect PM Modi to feel compelled to share his thoughts about these incidents and what he proposes to do about those extremist groups.