Raghu Karnad, Nilotpal Mrinal: Here are the winners of Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar
Here are the winners of Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2016
The Sahitya Akademi rewards authors annually for their literary contribution with outstanding books in all the major Indian languages.
Inspite of the controversy surrounding the Akademi during the intolerance row and #awardwapsi, it is still considered one of the most prestigious literary awards in India.
Last years the winners included Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar for her English novel The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Bhaskey, and Indira Dangi for her Hindi novel Haveli Sanatanpur, among other regional writers.
The Sahitya Akademi tweeted its list of winners for 2016 on Thursday:
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— Sahitya Akademi (@sahityaakademi) June 16, 2016
This year's winner's include Raghu Karnad for Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War and Nilotpal Mrinal for Dark Horse — Ek Anakahi Dastan.
Acclaimed author Vikram Seth says that he would return his award, if the Sahitya Akademi fails to protect the lives and rights of writers.
Tolerance is the basic tenor of the country and any Indian who demeans others on the basis of food, religion and love is not worthy to be a leader, said novelist Vikram Seth, who had earlier supported Sahitya Akademi's condemnation of writers' killings.
Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar, Bengali poet Subodh Sarkar, and Bodo poet Anil Boro are among those selected for this year's Sahitya Akademi Awards, which were announced on Thursday.