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Mukundan bats for gender equality: CM

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Ezhuthachan Puraskaram - 2018 presented to the writer

M. Mukundan is a writer who has vociferously raised his concerns for equality of women through his work, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said.

Presenting the Ezhuthachan Puraskaram - 2018 to Mr. Mukundan here on Thursday, Mr. Vijayan said that the work of Mr. Mukundan reflected his concern for Indian womanhood. As in his novels, Mr. Mukundan had etched the sketches of people who had lost their identity in his short stories too. His work Mayyazhipuzhayude Theerangalil was a blend of history and imagination.

His stories bore the pangs of hunger. He still continued to write for the common man focussing on their woes. Though popularly known as the writer of Mayyazhi, Mr. Mukundan was a great littérateur of Malayalam. He had been influenced by the plural life and culture of Puducherry and Delhi where he had spent the prime of his life, Mr. Vijayan said.

Mr. Mukundan, in his reply, called for a strong defence against the unprecedented attempts to douse the values and virtues of social renaissance. He said that just as we built walls for defence in front of houses, time had come to form walls to protect progressive ideas. New versions and forms of agitations and defence had become imperative. Women’s wall was a new expression that the women of Kerala were adopting for attaining gender justice, he said.

Women were the most powerful forms of worship. Still, they were being deprived of the freedom of worship and this should be taken seriously. Such things agitated a writer, he said.

Women’s wall was not an initiative to win anybody’s applause, but was aimed at conserving the self-respect of women. The success of women’s wall would have its reverberations all over the world, he said.

Mr. Mukundan also expressed his irrepressible urge to continue writing till his last breath.

Culture Minister A.K. Balan presided. Jury chairman and Kerala Sahitya Akademi president Vaishakan delivered the introductory address. Chief Secretary Tom Jose read out the citation. Culture Secretary Rani George welcomed the gathering and Sahitya Akademi secretary K.P. Mohanan proposed a vote of thanks.

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