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Nayantara Sahgal returned the Sahitya Akademi Award

Nayantara Sahgal returned the Sahitya Akademi Award

Nayantara Sahgal returned the Sahitya Akademi Award “Women artists often play a significant role in calling out fundamentalism and extremism, Karima Bennoune, the special rapporteur for cultural rights, told a General Assembly committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural affairs on Wednesday.

“This effort came to prominence after well-known writer Nayantara Sahgal returned a prize” with the explanation that “India’s culture of diversity and debate is now under vicious assault,” Bennoune said.

In 2015, Nayantara Sahgal returned the Sahitya Akademi Award, who is the daughter of Vijayalakshmi Pandit and niece of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, returned the Sahitya Akademi Award for English that she received in 1986 for her novel “Rich Like Us”.

Bennoune, who is a professor of international law at the University of California-Davis School of Law, focused her speech on women’s rights and struggles.

“Fundamentalist and extremist ideologies and the movements, and governments that espouse them seek to roll back advances achieved in securing women’s equality, aim to block further advances, and try to penalize and stigmatise women human rights defenders promoting such critical efforts,” she said.

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