Mysuru: Renowned Kannada Dalit writer and scholar Devanur Mahadeva has decided to return his prestigious National Sahitya Akademi award and Padmashree award in protest of the rising intolerance in the country.
After the Dadri incident and rationalists’ murder, over 40 writers, artistes and 10 filmmakers have returned their awards to record their protest over the rising incidents of intolerance in the country.
Now, senior Kannada scholar Devanoora Mahadeva has joined the protest and expressed support for fight against intolerance.
Through a press release, he said, “Those who govern must have the support of writers and artists. But few scholars have stood against the fight against intolerance, this is saddening. So, I have taken this decision”.
The renowned writer also expressed displeasure towards the central government and union law minister Sadananda Gowda.