New Delhi: Noted activist and author Arundhati Roy yesterday said she was returning her 1989 National Award for Best Screenplay to protest against ‘ideological viciousness’ in the country.
“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 a daily.
The winner of the Booker Prize for The God of Small Things, Roy won the national award for the film In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones.
“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.