The Sahitya Akademi on Friday said some of the writers, including Nayantara Sahgal, have agreed to take back the awards they had returned citing 'growing intolerance' in the country. “Sahitya Akademi has started sending back the awards to the writers...It has already been sent to Nayantara Sahgal.
Another writer Nand Bhardwaj has also agreed to take back the award. It would be sent to other writers as well," Sahitya Akademi president Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari said. He said the Akademi is also sending a copy of their resolution, which was passed in the October meeting, to all writers mentioning that there was no provision in its Constitution to return the honours.
About 40 writers had returned their awards in the past few months in the backdrop of Academy's silence on the murder of writer M.M. Kalburgi as well against the “communal" atmosphere in the country following the Dadri lynching incident.
Meanwhile, a Culture Ministry source said, “There is a list of 10 writers, who have agreed to take back the awards they had returned. Ms. Sahgal and Mr. Bhardwaj are two confirmed names in the list." According to the source, Ms. Sahgal decided to take back her award, as there is no provision to return the award, while Mr. Bhardwaj was “satisfied" with the response of the Academy, condemning incidents of violence against writers.