Nayantara Sahgal

Over the last few months, more than 50 artistes and intellectuals have returned top state honours to protest the culture of increasing intolerance they believe has been nurtured by the current government. The first to start the movement was noted writer Nayantara Sahgal who returned her Sahitya Akademi Award in October of this year. Nayantara, Jawaharlal Nehru’s niece, won the award in 1986 for her novel Rich Like Us. Despite her privileged background, she’s no stranger to protests; in 1975, she criticised Indira Gandhi’s actions during the Emergency and resigned from her post as a member of the Sahitya Akademi’s advisory board for English. In an open essay, Nayantara wrote that she was giving up her award, in support of all Indians who uphold the right to dissent, and of all dissenters who now live in fear and uncertainty. PHOTOGRAPH: THE TIMES OF INDIA GROUP COPYRIGHT (C) 2015, BENNETT, COLEMAN & CO. LTD, ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDWhere was Nayantara Sahgal when India Actually Needed Her … Bestcelebritystyle

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