Right Choice?

Writer Nayantara Sahgal was vocal during the interacations with the official and bureacrats and expressed her anguish about intolerance. Was it the right platform?

Published: 12th January 2016 04:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th January 2016 04:24 AM   |  A+A-


HYDERABAD: Writers are well-respected in India are are placed on a league above the actors, sportspersons and other professionals. It is their intelligence and intellect that seems to make India put them on a pedestal. Naturally, what they say and write are taken seriously. Perhaps it is the same reason why renowned writer Nayantara Sahgal chose the Hyderabad Literary Fest as the platform to talk about her concerns on intolerance in general and towards writers and their writings, in particular. Writers are considered artistic and cultural ambassadors of a country and naturally any attempt to muzzle them is seen in poor light.

The writers have already been in the news for the last few weeks for Award Waapasi and protesting against intolerance after the beef incident. While some believe that a writer’s forum like his is the best place to do so, other feel it was in poor taste to criticise the government when it has made an effort to give writers to speak about their work. The writers themselves were divided on this topic and took to social media to express their opinions.

Events like the literary fest are actually those that celebrate the vibrance and diversity in writers. So was she justified in doing so?

Stay up to date on all the latest Hyderabad news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp