Kolkata: Prominent Bengali poet Mandakranta Sen has returned her prize money to the Sahitya Academy on Tuesday.
In a letter to the academy she wrote, “I have repeatedly requested you since 15.10.2015 to provide me with your bank account no. so that I can return back my prize money to you. But I received no reply from your end till date. So, I am sending an account payee cheque bearing no 60950 oe SBI Prince Anwar Shah Road Branch , Kolkata dt 03.11.2015 of Rs. 50.000 (Rs, Fifty Thousand ) only in favour of Secretary, Sahitya Akademi. Please accept the cheque considering my sentiment and sincerity. Hard copy of this letter with the cheque follows. Photo copy of the cheque is attached herewith for your kind perusal.”
Sen a prominent who received the award in 2004 is a prominent voice in contemporary Bengali poetry had returned her Sahitya Academy Award to protest the growing intolerance and rise of radical elements in India, triggering Dadri like incident. Her literary engagement spans various genres: she has authored 19 collections of poems, eight novels, two volumes of short fiction and a book of essays.
It is to be noted that many prominent literary figures have returned their Sahitya Academy awards including Nayantara Sehgal and Ashok Vajpayee, protesting the growing intolerance in the country.