Writers Returning Awards a “Manufactured Paper Rebellion”: Jaitley

Arun Jaitley speaks out on writers returning Sahitya Akademi awards, calls it ideological intolerance.

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asked the writers on Wednesday whether their protest was “real or manufactured”. (Photo: PTI)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday termed the steady stream of writers returning Sahitya Academy awards as a “manufactured paper rebellion” against the government in the wake of a “manufactured crisis”.

In a facebook post titled “A manufactured revolt – Politics by other means,” he said,

The death by lynching of a member of minority community at Dadri was extremely unfortunate and condemnable. No right thinking person can ever rationalise and condone such an action. Such incidents bring a bad name to the country.

A series of writers have returned awards conferred on them by the Sahitya Academy on grounds that an atmosphere of intolerance has been created under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Is this protest real or a manufactured one? Is this not a case of ideological intolerance?,” he asked.

Read Arun Jaitley’s full post here:

A manufactured revolt – Politics by other means:The death by lynching of a member of minority community at Dadri was...

Posted by Arun Jaitley on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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