Bengaluru Literature Festival Director Steps Down Over Remarks on Award Wapsi Row

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BENGALURU: Sahitya Akademi award-successful creator Vikram Sampath has stepped down as a single of the directors of Bangalore Literature Competition in the wake of a few Kannada writers choosing to boycott the event more than his remarks on the return of awards and stance on the Tipu Sultan row.

“I see from media stories and individual conversations in the very last handful of days that numerous of my fellow authors and speakers have cited these two — Tipu Sultan and ‘award-wapsi’ rows — as the causes why they are withdrawing from the forthcoming edition of Bangalore Literature Pageant (BLF) that I, alongside with other citizens of Bengaluru, launched in 2012,” Sampath advised PTI below.

Soon after quitting the publish yesterday, Sampath mentioned he hopes that the protesting writers would feel more cozy about collaborating in the function pursuing his withdrawal.

“Because the protesting writers experienced a dilemma with my involvement in the pageant relatively than the festival’s mother nature and character, I am hopeful that my selection to withdraw will make them more cozy about taking part,” he stated.

Asked if the organisers experienced approached him about participation in BLF, Sampath explained, “I am listed as a panelist in the pageant programme. If the organisers want me to speak at the festival, I am pleased to be there. Else, I will get pleasure from the periods from property via dwell-streaming.”

Sampath experienced taken a stand from the shift by eminent personalities to return their federal government-conferred awards amidst promises of climbing intolerance in the region and explained vis-a-vis the Tipu Sultan row that there was a “want for recognising several narratives in Indian historiography”.

He these days asserted that he was not apologetic about his posts and carries on to cherish the independence of expression in the country.

“I stand by my report(s) created in the previous. I am not apologetic about them in any way and will carry on to cherish the liberty that my region provides me to air my opinion fearlessly,” he explained.

“However, in the desire of the organisation that I founded and nurtured, which is now currently being joined to my personalized views and targeted, I have taken the agonizing decision of stepping down from all accountability of organising BLF,” Sampath added.

“Above the past couple of times, I seem to have turn into the concentrate on of private attacks for, I feel, two reasons. Very first, my personal views on why I do not subscribe to the ‘award wapsi’ campaign.

“And 2nd was my stance on the recent Tipu Sultan row and the subsequent petition signed by me alongside with a team of very eminent historians, archaeologists, epigraphists and artists on the require for recognising several viewpoints and narratives in Indian historiography,” he mentioned.

On the ‘award wapsi’ controversy, Sampath stated he did not desire to return his Sahitya Akademi award as it was offered by the people of India and conferred by an unbiased jury, not by a political get together or govt.

“I had explained then that it is a valuable attestation of my operate by my own local community of writers and intellectuals and it was not offered to me for becoming a political stooge,” he explained.

On the Tipu Sultan controversy controversy, Sampath stated: “As an individual who has investigated the background of Mysore for over 15 a long time, I feel I am entitled to have an mental standpoint on a subject of historic debate.”

Conversing about BLF, he stated that in no way was it ‘Vikram Sampath’s festival’ as is currently being manufactured out to be in the media and in letters composed by protesting writers.

“Anybody can evaluate the programming and the record of speakers in the last 3 editions and see that we have given equal space to all shades of opinion, irrespective of our individual views,” he stated.

“I feel this is what a literature pageant wants to be, fairly than getting some thing that is decreased to showcasing a cabal of contributors and organisers who agree with every other on everything,” he added.

Author TK Dayanand, Kannada poet Arif Raja and literary critic OL Nagabhushana Swamy have boycotted BLF, which is slated to be held on December 5-six, in protest in excess of Sampath’s sights on the return of awards and the Tipu Sultan controversy.

In an e-mail to BLF organisers, Swamy explained his decision had occur in the wake of fellow writers withdrawing from the occasion to register their disagreement from Sampath’s stand on writers returning their awards.

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