Kolkata: Mandakranta Sen a prominent voice in contemporary Bengali poetry has returned her Sahitya Academy Award on Tuesday to protest the growing intolerance and rise of radical elements in India, triggering Dadri like incident.
Sen received the Sahitya Academy award in 2004. The authoress has decided to return her Sahitya Akademi Young writers special award.
Sen is a prominent voice in contemporary Bengali poetry. 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.