Letter of Inquilab family rejecting Sahitya Akademi award

The letter has been sent to the Secretary of the Sahitya Akademi.

December 21, 2017 05:21 pm | Updated 05:22 pm IST

Late poet and writer Inquilab.

Late poet and writer Inquilab.


Inquilab is the voice of the voiceless,oppressed, underprivileged and backward people. Recognition for a person like him is to remain a people’s poet. State recognition such as this may help in reaching his name to a larger national circle.

Inquilab has his take on felicitations and awards, “I don’t write expecting awards and felicitations, instead I foresee oppositions, condemnations and repulsion.”

“ Interrogations on and off are the gifts. This government has given me, that’s only a start…. Beyond that When my pen presses

I am sure I will be gifted with Something no writer has ever been given on this Indian soil”

Inquilab had faced lot of such interrogations during his lifetime. That did not stop even after his death.

Inquilab refused to accept any awards by the government during his lifetime. The face of the governments may change, but they all have the same mask.

Today ,there is a major spurt of violence, classism, communalism and oppression.

The persons who criticize and question the powers-that-be are executed in broad day light, It will be a betrayal to Inquilab’s writings and the life lead by him, to accept this award.

We are content that Inquilab’s writings have reached the common people. That is the biggest recognition a writer can post of.

Therefore we do not want to accept this award in honour of his views.

To quote Inquilab,

“Awards may be showered on us, If we live like Corpses”

On behalf of, Inquilab's family and Inquilab trust.

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