Women’s Front hails Nayantara Sahgal’s bold move

Fri, 2015-10-09 15:32 -- webadmin

New Delhi: National Women’s Front president Shahida Aslam in a statement issued today has hailed the decision of the writer and Nehru’s niece Nayantra Saghal to return her Sahaitya Academy Award as a protest against assault on freedom of expression and Indian diversity, as a bold move. Shahida said that Nayantara Sahgal represents the remaining brave voices among Indian women against fascism.
Constitutionally guaranteed rights have come under attack in our country like never before. People are being killed for freely expressing their views or consuming their likes. The sudden increase in the number of such attacks and government failure to prevent them has created a valid suspicion and insecurity in the minds of people. Either the government has failed in ensuring security to minorities and of those who are opposed to fascist ideology of Sangh Parivar, or it is completely unconcerned of the problems. This is why Nayantara Sahgal’s decision becomes highly relevant.
The President said that in the face of this terrifying atmosphere recently created in our country especially after the assassination of Kannada historian MM Kalburgi and the brutal lynching of Muhammad Akhlaq in UP, her decision should be an eye opener to the government and encouraging to the popular resistance to fascism.