7 Oct, 2015
Noted Indian writer Nayantara Sahgal has returned the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in protest against what she called the “vanishing space” for diversity. In a telephonic interview, the niece of the former Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru also said people were being “killed for not agreeing with the ruling ideology.”
What made you take this decision…has it been a gradual one, or a reaction to this incident in Dadri?
I have been concerned about the environment in the country and it seems to be getting worse and worse, in the past fifteen months. I guess the death of this poor man in Dadri was the final…the last straw.