19 Oct, 2015
Urdu poet Munawar Rana returns Sahitya Akademi Award, vows never to accept any govt award | The Indian Express
PROTESTS OF writers against “rising intolerance” in the country continued with two more writers, Urdu poet Munawwar Rana and Telugu writer Katyayani Vidmahe, returning their Sahitya Akademi awards on Sunday. Nearly 30 writers have returned their Akademi awards so far, while over a dozen have returned other awards they received from the Akademi.
Rana, who had received the award in 2014, made the annoucement during a television debate on Sunday. On the other hand, Vidmahe, a professor of Telugu at the Kakatiya University in Warangal, said it was her “responsibility” to return the award in the current situation. She had received the award in 2013 for the collection of her essays “Sahityaakashmlo Sagam”.