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‘The God of Small Things ‘ author Arundhati Roy returns national award

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Days after number of literary person in India returned their awards, the renowned writer, who won National Award for Best Screenplay, also backed from the award, protesting intolerance in the country.

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While returning her award, Roy said she felt proud at joining the writers, filmmakers and academics, who have returned their awards in protest against inferior treatment with minorities, killing of rationalists, jeopardizing the freedom of speech, enforcement of beef bans, and the wicked remarks by leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the country.

“I am very pleased to have found a National Award that I can return, because it allows me to be a part of a political movement initiated by writers, filmmakers and academics in this country who have risen up against a kind of ideological viciousness and an assault on our collective IQ that will tear us apart and bury us very deep if we do not stand up to it now,” said the Booker Prize winner author.

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About her move to throw the award away, Roy said: “First of all, ‘intolerance’ is the wrong word to use for the lynching, shooting, burning and mass murder of fellow human beings. Second, we had plenty of advance notice of what lay in store for us – so I can’t claim to be shocked by what has happened after this government was enthusiastically voted into office with an overwhelming majority.”

Earlier, at least 41 novelists, essayists, playwrights and poets had returned the awards they were given by Indian prestigious literary academy to protest what they call a prevailing aura of intolerance under the premier Narendra Modi’s government.

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