7 Oct, 2015
A day after writer Nayantara Sahgal returned her Sahitya Akademi award against what she described “unmaking of India, poet Ashok Vajpeyi also handed back the prestigious literary honour to the government, criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not speaking up against the recent spree of violence.
Mr. Vajpeyi said that “it’s high time that writers take a stand” to mark their protest against the recent murders of writers and minorities. “We have an eloquent Prime Minister, who addresses lakhs of people, but here writers are being murdered, innocent people are being murdered, his Ministers make controversial statements…Still he is quiet. Why doesn’t he shut them up?” Mr. Vajpeyi told a private news channel.