21 October, 2015 8:28 AM Will return award if Sahitya Akademi fails to protect writers' rights: Vikram Seth
If he does, he'll join a growing list of writers and academicians protesting what they say is growing intolerance against free thinkers Famed author Vikram Seth says that he would return his award, if the Sahitya Akademi fails to protect the lives and rights of writers. "I will return the award almost certainly if this institution fails to protect or robustly 21
19 October, 2015 7:40 PM Is tolerance, acceptance of dissent on the wane? asks President
He said humanism and pluralism should not be abandoned under any circumstances At a time when the issue of free speech has dominated public discourse in India, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday expressed a fear on whether tolerance and acceptance of dissent were on the wane. The President made the remarks while addressing a gathering in Birbhum district 30
19 October, 2015 12:10 AM Writer to return award
Writer Akshatha K. Humchadakatte has decided to return Karnataka Sahitya Academy award in protest against the efforts to suppress freedom of expression. She was conferred the award in 2012 for her book Kaadu toreya jaadu, a biography on social activist Kadidal Shamanna. In a letter to academy chairperson Malathi Pattanashetty, Ms. Humchadakatte said the killing 11
18 October, 2015 8:47 PM PEN International supports Indian authors' protest against 'rising intolerance'
Writers from 150 countries have expressed solidarity with Indian authors and artistes who have returned their prestigious awards in protest against "rising intolerance" in the country and have asked the BJP government to provide better protection and safeguard free speech. PEN International, the world's leading association of writers working to promote 32
15 October, 2015 8:22 AM Goan Sahitya Akademi awardees protest intolerance
PANAJI: Joining the growing voices of protest in the country, the writers and poets from Goa condemned the rising trend of intolerance in the country and urged the Sahitya Akademi to speak out against the murders of rationalists, intellectuals and writers in India. The 11 award winning writers, thinkers and poets refrained from returning their awards 30
15 October, 2015 8:17 AM Modi calls Dadri, Ghulam Ali row ‘saddening, unfortunate’
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the Dadri lynching of a Muslim man over rumours of beef eating and scrapping of Pakistani artiste Ghulam Ali's concert in Mumbai were "saddening and unfortunate" incidents but pushed back at critics saying the Centre could not be held responsible for them. In his comments, coming in the backdrop 17 1
14 October, 2015 6:59 AM Freedom under threat in India: Pakistani daily
ISLAMABAD: The "rise of the right-wing" in India could have toxic effects regionally, said a leading Pakistani daily, which warned that alarm bells are ringing and "India needs to reaffirm its commitment to pluralism and diversity". An editorial "Intolerance in India" in the Dawn said: "Freedom is under threat in India and many of its right-thinking 32
13 October, 2015 11:30 AM Novelist Dalip Kaur Tiwana Returns Padma Shri Award Over 'Communal Attacks'
New Delhi: Renowned Punjabi novelist Dalip Kaur Tiwana announced on Tuesday that she would return her Padma Shri award to protest against what she called attacks on freedom of speech in the country and communal violence. "This is biggest award that was given to me, and by returning this award, I protest ... rising cases of communal attacks, at this rate our country 98
13 October, 2015 11:11 AM Liberty is my only party, Rushdie to ‘Modi Toadies’
Author Salman Rushdie, who came under attack for backing authors protesting against ‘rising intolerance’ in the country, rubbished the criticism by ‘Modi Toadies’, saying he supported no political party but was against ‘thuggish violence’. The author was flooded with a barrage of hate messages following his tweet in support of Nayantara Sahgal and other 25
13 October, 2015 10:25 AM Salman Rushdie dismisses criticism by 'Modi Toadies', says against 'thuggish violence'
Booker Prize winning author Salman Rushdie, who came under attack for backing authors protesting against "rising intolerance" in the country, rubbished the criticism by "Modi Toadies", saying he supported no political party but was against "thuggish violence". The author was flooded with a barrage of hate messages following his tweet in support of Nayantara 57