Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Saswat Panigrahi on Literary Mafias

Award Wapasi Shame: Know the Literary Mafias
An article by Saswat Panigrahi
What is the common between dismissed IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, self-styled activist Teesta Setalvad and the writers who have relinquished Sahitya Akademi Awards or quit the Akademi? They all indulged in a well-orchestrated campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, by spreading canards, which ultimately aims at defaming India.

Let’s cut straight to the award-returnee writers. When I was writing the piece, the award wapsi score reached 33. Five more writers have quit the Sahitya Akademi. Some more will follow suit.


Who are those writers? Leading the pack of award wapsi writers is elite fiction writer Nayantara Sahgal, the niece of Jawaharlal Nehru. Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi, who returned the Sahitya Akademi Award, is known as a power broker in literary circle. It is an open secret that Vajpeyi is slavishly loyal to the Nehru–Gandhi family. Not to forget that it was Ashok Vajpeyi who had hosted the World Poetry Festival in December, 1984 when Bhopal was reeling under gas tragedy. When being asked, Vajpeyi had shamelessly quipped, “मुर्दो के साथरचनाकार नही मरता.” Uday Prakash, another Hindi poet who relinquished the Akademi award, is an active member of the CPM. Hindi poet Manglesh Dabral, who returned the Sahitya Akademi Award, has been associated with Janwadi Lekhak Sangh, a Left platform. Malayalam novelist Sarah Joseph, who returned the Akademi award, had contested the 2014 elections from Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP. Akademi Award returnee writer Ganesh Devy’s NGO Bhasha has reportedly received dubious foreign funding to the tune of Rs 12 crore. Malayalam poet K Sachidanandan and Kannada  poet Aravind Malagatti — who quit the Sahitya Akademi — are known Hindu bashers.

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