Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (HB)
Udupi, Jan 11: Eminent writer and reviewer, G Rajashekhar has declined the Karnataka state Sahitya Academy award for his book 'Bahuvachana Bharata'. The book was published in 2015 and was chosen for the award this year.
Speaking to daijiworld, Rajashekar said, "I would like to thank the Academy for selecting me for this honour. But I will not accept this award because of previous incidents which happened in 2015. Many noted writers had returned their awards, certificates and cheques in 2015 in revolt against curbing of freedom of speech and expression. Keeping that in mind, I have decided not to accept the award."
G Rajashekhar came to know about his selection for the award from a daily newspaper. In 2015, beef was banned in some states and after the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq in Uttar Pradesh, the situation worsened. Further, during that period two social thinkers were killed.
"Now the situation in the nation has deteriorated even further. There is further curtailing of freedom of speech and expression. The present government is trying to suppress people's thoughts. The current ruling party is not working in favour of public. The power of this nation is in the hands of RSS and right-wing parties," the writer alleged.
"I would like to clarify that I am honoured to be chosen for the award. Not to accept the award is my personal decision and nobody can convince me to accept it. If I receive this award, it would be inappropriate keeping in mind the current situation," added G Rajashekhar.
The state Sahitya Academy Award will be presented in a ceremony to be held on February 7 in Bengaluru.