Urdu Writer Shirin Returns Sahitya Akademi Award to Protest against CAB

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Writer Shirin Dalvi

Caravan News

NEW DELHI – After IPS officer Abdur Rahman’s resignation, senior Urdu journalist and writer Shirin Dalvi has decided to return her State Sahitya Akademi Award as a mark of protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was passed in Rajya Sabha on 11 December.

Calling the Bill ‘divisive and discriminatory’, Dalvi says that it is an attack on our Constitution and secularism.

She said that she decided to return the award, which she had received in 2011 for her literary contributions, to stand with her ‘community and fight for secularism and democracy’.

“I am saddened and shocked with the news the BJP led govt had passed CAB, an attack on our Constitution and secularism and in protest against this inhuman law I am announcing that I would return State Sahitya Academy Award given to me on my Literary Contributions in the year 2011. The CAB (Citizens Amendment Bill) is divisive and discriminatory. I am returning this award to join the voices of my community and to people fighting for secularism and democracy. We all have to stand firm to protect our Constitution and Ganga Jamuna Tahzib,” her statement was posted by journalist and activist Mahtab Alam.

The Bill, which was cleared in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, saw 125 MPs voting in its favour and 99 against it. It was passed in the Lok Sabha on the intervening night of 9-10 December.

The Bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

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