Award Wapasi Shame: Know the Literary Mafias

What is the common between dismissed IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, self-styled activist Teesta Setalvad and…

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.

Nayantara Sahgal

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 NehruGandhi 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.

All these writers who relinquished the Sahitya Akademi Awards or quit the Akademi allege that there is an “assault on right to both life and freedom of expression” under the Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They further allege that “an atmosphere of intolerance” has been created across the country under the Modi regime. They cited the lynching of a Muslim man by a Hindu mob at Dadri in western Uttar Pradesh, the recent murder of rationalist MM Kalburgi in Karnataka and the August 2013 killing of N Dabholkar, another rationalist, in Maharashtra as cases in point. But their arguments ring hollow.

First things first. All three incidents are unfortunate and should be condemned with strongest possible terms. But the Central Government has nothing to do with these incidents. Second, law and order is a state subject. It would have been wise for the writers to approach the respective Chief Ministers or take up the matter with the respective Governors. Third, the two states – UP and Karnataka — where the two recent unfortunate incidents took place are being ruled by Samajwadi Party and Congress respectively. The other unfortunate incident had taken place in Maharashtra when the Congress-NCP combine was in power. But the ‘intelligent’ writers choose to rant the Prime Minister to score brownie points.

The hypocrisy of these writers is unselfconscious. India saw anti-Sikh pogrom in 1984 and National Emergency in 1975-76 under the Congress rule. But majority of them received the Sahitya Akademi Awards under the Congress regime and more particularly Nayantara Sahgal had received the award two years after 10,000 innocent Sikhs were slaughtered by the Congress goons under her nephew Rajiv Gandhi’s watch. None of these writers fought against the Emergency and went to jail.

None of them carried the banner of protest against the Congress on anti-Sikh pogrom. Anantnag riots in 1986, 1989 Bhagalpur riots, Meerut riots in 1987 and 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots did not shake their consciousness either. None of them raised their voice against the Congress when wave after wave of scams hit the nation hard. Not a single one protested when democratic institutions were subverted under the Congress regime.

These are the people who are club members of Congress-Left combine. They are running a hate campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They are desperate to dislodge an elected Prime Minister. These elites can’t see the rise of a humble chaiwala occupying the Prime Minister’s post.

Lies have been the hallmark of this anti-Modi brigade. Ever since Narendra Modi took the reins of the country, these people have been continuously raking up the chiche that minorities are not safe under Modi. But the fact of the matter is that in a nation where PM Modi’s development agenda ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ (Together with all, Development for all) sans partisan politics, these forces don’t want this to happen because it is badly hurting their constituency. Under the Modi regime these people are scared of their own existence. They are scared of losing their perks.

Joining the shared campaign of these award wapasi writers are a section of main stream media (MSM as they are popularly known as) and a battery of sponsored NGOs. They all are vehemently opposed to the concept of ‘Nation First’.

By returning the Sahitya Akademi Award and quitting the Akademi for obvious political reasons, these writers have thoroughly exposed themselves.

The award wapasi shame has laid bare the dark under belly of the Sahitya Akademi. Needless to say that theAkademi is one of the many cultural institutions which the Congress systematically killed in its tenure. In the last one decade, Sahitya Akademi  has been hijacked by Congress supporters, left jhoolawalas, overground Maoists, overzealous secularists and even rabid anti-nationals.

It is indeed painful to see that an institution which is supposed to be dedicated for promoting Indian literature is being ruled the roost by coterie. The Sahitya Akademi has become a place where awards are being fixed and the lobbying by some writers could even put the politicians to shame. A rampant scandal is brewing in the Sahitya Akademi which needs a deeper investigation. It is time the government recast the Akademi.

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  • Prasad

    In one tamil news channel, it was the heights of hypocrisy and comedy to see a leader of the totally communal, and rabidly religious fanatic leader(?!!!) belonging to a muslim outfit masquerading as a political party exhorting the sahitya academy winners from tamilnadu to return their awards immediately. He went on to say that it was lamentable that none from the land of Periyar had set an example for the other parts of the country. I thought someone should ask that joker about what he felt about Periyar’s rant against religious people and his statement that people who believed in God are all uncivilized forest dwelling idiots… Would he be willing to follow Periyar’s advise and quit practising his religion?

    Thanks to the author for such a good article.


    Absolutely irrelevant article ; the fact that the award returnees are rogues in no way takes away from the basic fact viz. that Modi’s grandiose slogans are under threat from the communal utterances of his own Cabinet Ministers , MPs , MLAs and sundry BJP party members. Of course , since this website is named Indiafacts , these facts do not need to find mention in such an article.

    No one is trying to pin the blame for any of the incidents on Modi. Period.

    Modi is being blamed for just one thing viz. his inability or his disinclination to take the errant members of his government and / or party , to task , for their derailment of his policy engine.

    Why will Modi do this ? After all , our statesmanlike PM was the person who coined the now infamous Pink Revolution slogan to win votes. But again , the article will not mention this.

    Keep up these one-sided polarising articles.

    • BalancedCentre

      Completely irrelevant comment and some hateful, bigoted diatribe of yours.

      This article is not about Modi, it’s about exposing the hypocrisy and bigotry of the award returnees who kept silent during grave non-secular, intolerant acts of violence during Congress rule e.g Kashmiri Pandit Genocide, Sikh Genocide 1984, Bhopal tragedy and many others. What Ashok Vajpeyi said re: the Bhopal Tragedy was completely heartless and insensitive to the poor people affected by that tragedy!! He should’ve been forced to return all his awards after what he said!!


        That is the whole point ; it is the right-wing which has decided to make the award returns into a dissection of the award returnees’ character and ‘hypocrisy’.

        It is a matter of opinion whether this is the way to deal with all protest ; I would like the right-wing and possibly Modi himself to deal with protests from the FICCI or CII in this fashion.

        • BalancedCentre

          It’s not the right-wing only, it’s the majority people of India who are questioning the ethics and morals of these award returnees, you can scan comments on any media reporting on this. You have no stand with your flip flopping as all your arguments get busted. Why? because you stand with the lies, deceit, dishonesty, and treachery promoted by CONgress and it’s crony allies.

  • Rajnesh Sharma Chandigarh

    Superb God bless you

  • subodh1945

    good laid bare these congress chamchas award returnees , the benefeciaris of congress rule

  • Ananth Sethuraman

    Was Kalburgi really a rationalist? Here is an article that says:

    Kalburgi was not a non-believer. He used to do shivalinga puja everyday, he used to recite the Prabhu Linga Leelai everyday.

    • Sumathi Megavarnam

      This could be another attempt to divert

      • Democrazist

        Divert what?

  • Shubhangi Raykar

    One more article exposing the award returnees. Good that the young also realize how rotten the whole system has become. This whole activity of back scratching should stop altogether.