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Sahitya Akademi for the first time on Friday condemned the killings of writers and urged the writers to take back the awards they returned in anguish against the Akademi’s silence so far on the issue.
The appeal followed a meeting of the Akademi’s executive board, Krishnaswamy Nachimuthu, an Akademi member and a Tamil scholar, told the media here.
Over 100 litterateurs have returned their Akademi awards to protest primarily against the attacks by some Hindutva groups on writers and thinkers like M.M. Kalburgi.
The writers also cited the lynching of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh over rumours that he ate beef as an example of growing intolerance in the country and took out a peaceful march here on Friday Kalburgi was killed in August this year .