Renowned author Nayantara Sahgal was invited to inaugurate the “Akhil Bharatiya Marathi SahityaSammelan” in Mumbai but the invite was abruptly canceled, prompting her to allege that the organizers did so under political pressure.
“It is only obvious because the organizers of the event are aware of my views, my writings and my concerns, which I have been talking about openly, and they had invited me with great happiness.
“I was all set to go for the event but I received a brief three-four line letter from the organizers on January 6, saying they were canceling the invitation,” the author, who was at the forefront of the “award wapsi” campaign, stated on Tuesday.
Questioned who could be behind the abrupt cancellation of her invite, she said, “Political pressure by those who are in power in Maharashtra.”
The literary meet is scheduled to be held in Mumbai on January 11.
Ms. Sahgal had hit the headlines in 2015 when she returned her Sahitya Academy Award in protest against what she had termed as growing fundamentalism and intolerance in the country under the present Bharatiya Janata Party-led government.
The Sahitya Academy award had been given to her in 1986 for her work in English titled “Rich Like Us”.
Ms. Sahgal had inspired a number of distinguished people from different walks of life to return their awards.
Aged 91, Ms. Sahgal is the daughter of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit and the niece of Jawaharlal Nehru. She lives in Dehradun.