Arundati among 24 return awards

award return
On November 5, 24 prominent personalities including writers and film
industry veterans returned national awards in protest. Noted author
and Booker prize winner Arundati Ray including Kundan Shah, Vikrant
Pawar returned their awards to protest against the current rise of
communal forces. While expressing regrets over the incidents, Arundati
recalled that she did it even during the Congress regime refusing to
accept Sahitya Academy award. Bollywood stars Soha Ali Khan, Diya
Mirza supported the return of awards process. At Delhi central party
office BJP president Amith Shah released a book ‘Know Your Trust’
while opposing the return of awards. Minister Venkiah Naidu fumed at
Congress party for creating a situation to block the development
agenda of PM Narendra Modi. He said Congress party seized the freedom
of expression during the black days of Emergency and now it speaks of
ethical values.

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