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The Truth Of Urban Naxals And Award Wapsi Gang

The Award Wapsi Movement, I should say, it was spearheaded by Nayantara Sehgal, niece of late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. It is so surprising, being a Kashmiri, she was never offended by the genocide against the Kashmiris. The Kashmiris were driven away from their places and then they are made to fled away. But nothing has affected her, and she has received Sahitya Academy award in 1986 and then just two years before, the Sikhs were massacred in the national capital region. But that hasn’t even affected her.

And going back little further, even during emergency, around 4.4 million people were sterilized. Even that couldn’t really affect the conscience of these artists or writers or film producers who at once declared that country is going through the most intolerant phase or this is the most intolerant regime in the independent India. So around, 50 people have returned that Sahitya academy awards saying that the government is repressive and its fascist and then their conscience doesn’t permit them to have this kind of an award. But surprisingly none of them have given back their financial incentives or perks from the government, none of them have resigned, so to say. That has been the case.

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