Malyalam writer withdraws book, after threats

The novelist S Hareesh is incidentally the 2018 Kerala Sahitya Akademi award winner as well

In a rather controversial move, a well known Malayalam writer was forced to withdraw his novel on Saturday.

The decision came after he allegedly received threats from right wing outfits.

The novelist S Hareesh is incidentally the 2018 Kerala Sahitya Akademi award winner as well.

He withdrew the novel ‘Meesha’ from Mathrubhumi weekly, which had been publishing the series for the last couple of weeks.

The novel, set in Kerala half-a-century ago, is said to have offended some right-wing activists.

It need be mentioned that objections are on portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel.

Hareesh said he was forced to take the decision following unbearable threats from right-wing activists, who called the novel an insult to Hinduism.

Reacting to the issue, Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor tweeted “Those who do not believe my warnings about the emergence of a Hindutva Taliban might learn from what has just happened to Malayalam writer Hareesh (& even more chilling, the threat to chop off his hands, Taliban-style.”

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