Arundhati Roy returns national award against “ideological viciousness”

New Delhi, Nov 5 (IANS) Noted activist and author Arundhati Roy on Thursday said she was returning her 1989 National Award for Best Screenplay to protest against “ideological viciousness” in the country.

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“I am very pleased to have found (from somewhere way back in my past) 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,” Roy said in an article published in The Indian Express.

The winner of the Booker Prize for her book ‘The God of Small Things’, Roy won the national award for the film ‘In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones’.

“Intolerance is the wrong word to use for the lynching, shooting, burning and mass murder of fellow human beings. Also, we had plenty of advance notice of what lay in store for us – so I cannot claim to be shocked by what has happened after this government was enthusiastically voted into office with an overwhelming majority,” she further added.

She said she was not shocked by what was happening in the nation. She termed the lynching of a man over beef-eating rumour in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh as “deeper malaise”.

“These horrific murders are only a symptom of a deeper malaise. Life is hell for the living too. Whole populations – millions of Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and Christians – are being forced to live in terror, unsure of when and from where the assault will come,” she said.

Roy is the latest to join the list of writers, academics and filmmakers protesting against the “rising intolerance” after the murder of rationalists and lynching of a man over beef-eating rumours.

In the article, she referred to her action of returning her Sahitya Akademi award in 2005 when the Congress was in power and asked to be spared of the “old Congress-versus-BJP debate”.

“It has gone way beyond all that,” she said.

21 Comments

  1. Namaskara.

    Hope the Govt ensures that all these “Award-wapasi hypocrites” return the award with the Award-money, if any, along with 18% OD interest prevailing then in banks.

    Advocate BN Paimaam Does it sounds logical or legal?

    • ” return the award with the Award-money, if any, along with 18% OD interest prevailing then in banks.” says Cheddy Bhattamaam and asks “Advocate BN Paimaam Does it sounds logical or legal?”

      The giver of any award or money ceases to have any right on it. If there is no right to claim the principle, how come you wonder if your government can claim the interest?

      • Wow. Nice to know that this was a “Ghar Wapsi” from Angola. What happened? – Mr. Lawrence

        Hahahaha! I guess the BJP Govt wanted somebody to calculate the 18% interest on the people who did ‘award wapsi’ and chose our USB… I mean, KEB… oops.. I mean, KSB as their man. 🙂

    • Artistes, writers, journalists and academics are not a bunch of dunces that can be swayed by anyone. They have brains and the required level of intellect to take independent, rational and sane decisions. Obviously, Anupam Kher has to show his gratitude to BJP, because his spouse, Kiron Kher, is a Member of Parliament in that party. Therefore, his family has an axe to grind. Anupam Kher may have been told by BJP High Command to do something to prop up BJP’s ever sagging image.

      In short, there is not much difference between Congress and BJP and the electrorate do not have much choice, because the other political parties are regional or communal or fragmented and off-shoot parties. Unlike the U.S.A., we do not have parties like the Republicans and Democrats and the Parliamentary form of government is not suiting india.

      If some personalities have decided to return their awards, then that is their prerogative and if some others want to cling to it then, that too, is their prerogative.

      It is high time that Narendra Modi takes matters seriously. Like Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini, Narendra Modi is capable of giving bombastic speeches which his predecessor is incapable of. Barack Obama and David Cameron are sincere in their oratory, but Narendra Modi like all dictators is an actor and dramatist, who fools people with theatrical gestures and rhetorics. Many people get carried away by it, but saner people try to find out what are his achievements. Though, he is anyday better than that Sardar, his achievements are minimal, rather than bragging about his anf hid government’s achievements.

      He has not stuck to his election promises and the cost of essential commodities are increasing day-by-day. For the sake of party unity and image, he has retained undesirable elements like tratiors to the country,lSushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje and others like swamis, sanyasis, sanyasins and babas, who are uneducated, rustic and talk all filth and garbage. These hermits know only one thing, i.e. yoga. Thanks to BJP, these people who otherwise would have taken the Walker’s Express are travelling in swanky, chauffer-driven cars. Allah mehrban to gada phenwan. They ower the Narendra Modi govenment an immnse thanks.

  2. Queen bee has spoken!! Listen to her sermon – “…burning and mass murder of fellow human beings…millions of Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and Christians – are being forced to live in terror”!!!

    WOW!! What a surprise!! I just didn’t see this coming!! wink, wink!!!! LOL LOL LOL

    India may not have Douglas Murray, Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris to call out the hypocrisy of these regressive liberals. But, we have courageous folks like Anupam Kher. I still have some hopes for Bharatha and its future!!

    • India may not have Douglas Murray, Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris to call out the hypocrisy of these regressive liberals. But, we have courageous folks like Anupam Kher. – Rampa

      Some Douglu… some Richu.. some Samu… some Anupama’s kheer… some sajjige bajeel… some sukrunde…. sigh! When will this agony end? 🙁

      Poor Rampa… neither fits in in his ‘Akhanda Bharatha’ nor in the USA. AND since that is his case, I JUST wonder the state of his ABCD’s. 🙁

      That’s why he throws in some random names from both sides of the piddling pond! It falls in No Man’s land – plonk.. somewhere in the pond. No ripples at all!

      Can ANYBODY understand what this maha ignoramus is yammering about? Cripes! And to add insult to our Rampa’s injury – we have our little fella called KSB chipping in! But then, I’m all for lil chipmunks putting in their two bits. 🙂 Sweet lil fellow…..

    • Original R.Pai – But, we have courageous folks like Anupam Kher. I still have some hopes for Bharatha and its future!!

      ANUPAM KHER’S WIFE IS A BJP MP.
      WOW, ANUPAM KHER IS A “HENDTHI GANDA”.
      HE SAYS THAT HIS FAMILY PEOPLE WERE STAUNCH CONGRESSMEN.
      HE MARRIED AND THEN BECAME A BJP.
      HE ASPIRES TO BECOME A RAJYA SABHA MEMBER ON BJP TICKET.

      ಹೆಂಡತಿಯ ಗುಲಾಮನಾಗುವ ತನಕ ದೊರೆಯದಣ್ಣ ಮುಕುತಿ!

  3. @ Joker Praveena Pinto:
    “Some Douglu… some Richu.. some Samu… some …”
    These are not some donglu or Richu. But I am not surprised if it sounds that way to an illiterate mind of your kind. Since you have access to google, please do some homework and learn something about these free thinkers. It may save you some embarrassment in future!

    @ Pincode Pai:
    You should be the last one to use ‘guilt by association’ logic!! By your own logic, what kind of credibility you have to comment on Shree Modiji when you are shameless in your blind loyalty towards communal Congress party? What credibility you have to comment on Bharatha when you think Arabs are thousand times better? What kind of rights you have when you live in a madrassa and write about Vivekananda? LOL

    • Original R.Pai – “@ Pincode Pai:
      You should be the last one to use ‘guilt by association’ logic!! By your own logic, what kind of credibility you have to comment on Shree Modiji when you are shameless in your blind loyalty towards communal Congress party? ”

      In your own words, dear RSS stooge Paimaam, what kind of credibility you have to denounce me for having attacked Modi, who puts up a secular facade and practices Hindu extremism, (as Arun Shaurie rightly put it)?

      Yes, I did say that the Arabs are thousand times better than RSS extremists. But, you say that I said so about India. For you RSS Modi may be India, but for me it is not. I said about Modi, not India.

      • Pincode Pai needs to understand that ISIS, UBL and many terrorist groups are arabs. He also needs to understand that tens of millions of Indians are RSS – from Modi, vajapayee to some of his own relatives in Kumbla. However, Pincode Pai feels that those arabs are thousand times better than Indians including his own relatives. Why can’t he admit what he wrote earlier? Oh never mind – It requires a little bit of honesty!! smiles…

        • Original R.Pai – “Pincode Pai,I don’t have to agree with Arnab on all the topics.”

          PAIMAAM, THEN HOW COULD YOU SOLICIT OTHERS TO SEE AND AGREE WHAT ARNAB SAID ABOUT OTHERS?

          PAIMAAM, YOU ALSO SAID BOTH THE PRIME MINISTERS OF BJP WERE FOISTED BY RSS ON INDIA. LOL!

          THEN, WHY RSS, DAY IN AND DAY OUT, CLAIM THAT THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH BJP? HOW COULD YOU MAKE THAT CLAIM? JUSTIFY!

          YOU ASKED FOOLISHLY “why you have been unsuccessfully battling it (RSS) for decades now”!

          CONGRESS FOUGHT THE POLITICAL BATTLE WITH THE BJP, AND NOW YOU ADMIT BY YOUR REMARK THAT RSS AND BJP ARE ONE AND THE SAME! WHY THE RSS HIDES BEHIND THE SMOKE SCEEN AND CLAIM THAT IT IS NOT POLITICAL. IF THEY ARE MANLY, THEY MUST ADMIT THEMSELVES TO BE POLITICAL, AND NOT HIDE LIKE THE PANDAVAS HIDING BEHIND THE ……….. OF THE MAHABHARATHA!

        • Original R.Pai – “He also needs to understand that tens of millions of Indians are RSS – from Modi, vajapayee to some of his own relatives in Kumbla. However, Pincode Pai feels that those arabs are thousand times better than Indians including his own relatives.”

          PAIMAAM, YOU SAID “TENS OF MILLIONS INDIANS” ARE RSS, AND NOT “HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS”. SO EVEN ACCORDING TO YOUR EXAGGERATED CLAIM, THEY ARE LESS THAN 10 CRORES. AND INDIANS ARE 125 CRORES! YOU ARE THEREFORE A FRINGE ELEMENT!

          PAIMAAM, YOU FURTHER SAID, “Indians RSS ARE “from Modi, vajapayee to some of his own relatives in Kumbla. However, Pincode Pai feels that those arabs are thousand times better than Indians including his own relatives.”

          YES, ALL RSS PEOPLE, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHO THEY ARE, ARE WORSE THAN THE ARAB ‘terrorist groups’ !

    • Since you have access to google, please do some homework and learn something about these free thinkers. – Some Rampu’ji

      Homework and me? Lol! मेरी बिल्ली मुजसे मीयौ?

      I think the Greater Levant & Lybia problem – that is literally overflowing into Europe is ample PROOF about what happens when some of the FINEST “free thinkers” arbitrarily put into effect “FREE THOUGHT”! And lol.. he brings in some Doglu, some Richu.. some Samu. Jeez! Is this fella for real?

      Tell you what ya Rampa. Today is a Sunday (mid morning for you). You have received some REAL bad news about that बाहरी versus बिहारी election. Just relax. Let your hair down. Have some beers. Take a puff or two. By moro morning, I want you to be all mellowed down and get down to being ‘nice’ and civil all over again.

      Go ahead ya Rampu. You have my permission and blessings too! And oh, Mr. USB….. you too can take heed of my advice to my reluctant student from the land of the ‘FREE’. Good luck. 🙂

    • You should be the last one to use ‘guilt by association’ logic!! – Sri Rampa’ji to Mr. BN Pai

      Poor ‘know-all’ Rampa’ji.

      He calls his own posts – “superior”, and doesn’t EVEN know the basic principle of ‘Burden of proof’ and there he wants to drag in “guilt by association”! Mr. Pai. please don’t even bother hammering in fundamentals of law.

      When will this fellow EVER learn? Oh, i keep forgetting! He has NEVER learnt anything at all!

      I wonder if he is gonna send us a youtube video of Arnaba Goswami hammering-in the BJP’s defeat…. rubbing their noses RIGHT in!

      बिजली सड़क पानी… .. the BJP mantra, eh? Lol……I love the way the BJP cookie keeps crumbling! If only our pradhana ಪ್ರವಾದಿ had spent MORE time addressing his loose cannons/motormouths instead of running around ‘MaddysonTown’ delivering his stale old “MACK in India” dialogues! Sigh! The results might have been different.

    • Original R.Pai –

      1) asks me, “By your own logic, what kind of credibility you have to comment on Shree Modiji when you are shameless in your blind loyalty towards communal Congress party?”

      THIS IS A CHALLENGE POSED TO MY RIGHT, BY THE SLAVE OF MODI! NO NEED TO ANSWER HIM.

      2) askes me, “What credibility you have to comment on Bharatha when you think Arabs are thousand times better? ”

      YES, I DID SAY THAT ARABS ARE THOUSAND TIMES BETTER THAN RSS, AND NEVER SAID THEM TO BE BETTER THAN INDIA. BUT TO VILIFY ME RSS PAIMAAM MAKES ‘RSS = INDIA.’

      THE GOEBBELS IS REPEATING THIS ALLEGATION THOUSANDTH TIME! LOL.

  4. As usual, Joker Praveena is responding to one issue with an unrelated issue!!! When I was talking about fake-secular people and their selective outrage, he was lost in his own ignorance. Now, he is bringing up some state-level election results where ruling party has retained its power. LOL Thank god, it didn’t slip to 4th place as most of his leaders did at national level elections!!

  5. @Pincode Pai –

    1. “THEN, WHY RSS, DAY IN AND DAY OUT, CLAIM THAT THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH BJP? ”
    Because, they are two different organizations. People can be members of multiple organizations. For example, during 1984 riots, Congress party workers did engage in one of the worst massacres in Delhi area. However, it doesn’t make every congress worker guilty of the crime. You get it now? smiles….

    2. “HOW COULD YOU SOLICIT OTHERS TO SEE AND AGREE WHAT ARNAB SAID ABOUT OTHERS?”
    Well, you don’t have to!!!! LOL I have the right to share those links and information on this forum and you have the right to stay ignorant!! smiles…

    3. “ALL RSS PEOPLE, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHO THEY ARE, ARE WORSE THAN THE ARAB ‘terrorist groups’ !”
    Thanks for proving your insanity by declaring your own harmless relatives in Kumbla to millions of other RSS members busy arranging some ‘rangoli’ competition or saarvajanika ganeshotsava worse than arab terrorists who are beheading people on daily basis for silly reasons!!! When are you traveling to Syria?

    @ Joker Praveena Pinto –
    What’s your point again? Hard to follow your gibberish!! LOL

    • @ Joker Praveena Pinto – What’s your point again? Hard to follow your gibberish!! LOL – Rampa

      Maha Joker Rampa,

      ಶಾಲೆಗೆ ಚಕ್ಕರ್ ಹೊಡೆದು ರಾಜಕುಮಾರನ ಪಿಕ್ಚರ್ ನೋಡಿದ್ರೆ ಗತಿ (“Hard to follow…) ಹೀಗೇನೆ ಆಗೋದು. ಹೋಗಪ್ಪ… ಬುತ್ತಿ ತಕ್ಕೊಂಡು ಶಾಲೆಗೆ ಹೊರಡು.

      ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಟೈಮ್ ವೇಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡ್ಬೇಡ.

    • Original RSS, but Duplicate Pai of US origin, says the RSS and BJP should not be treated as one “Because, they are two different organizations.”!

      Apart from Historic facts proving my observations objected by him, see what is the contemporary history. RSS decides who should be the president of BJP, who should be the prime minister, who should be the chief ministers (all from the RSS) of BJP ruled states, etc. It makes all governors from RSS. RSS “nirdeshaka mandal” guides the BJP and BJP is the guided missile of the RSS.

      Thus, BJP ruled India is by the RSS, of the RSS and for the RSS!

      BJP is the political mask of undemocratic dictatorial RSS! I only warned about lurking danger to the country and the people!

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