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K P Ramanunni gives away Akademi award money to Junaid Khan's mother
(New Delhi, Feb 13, 2018): Sahitya Akademi, the National Academy of Letters, on Monday presented its annual awards to 23 eminent authors writing in as many Indian languages.

The recipients were awarded an engraved copper plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh on the opening day of Akademi's annual event Festival of Lettershere.

The highlight of the event, however, was the Malayalam author K P Ramanunni's decision to give away the award money of Rs 1 lakh to lynching victim Junaid Khan's mother.

Junaid Khan from Haryana was lynched to death last year while he was returning home after Eid shopping.

Ramanunni, whose book Daivathinte Pusthakam is based on the country's communal situation, kept Rs 3 for himself and donated rest of the prize money to his mother, Saira Begum.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Chandrashekar Kambar, who was appointed the new president of Sahitya Akademi through election on Monday, said that the Akademi will continue to bring together all the rich and diverse literatures, and cultures of the country here.(PTI)

The Akademi believes that Indian literature is an all-encompassing idea... This occasion highlights and defines for us what we see as Indian literature today. Besides we also need to look at this idea of Indian literature in a global context, he said.

Written in 23 languages including English, Bodo, Telugu, Hindi and Punjabi, most of the awarded books found society and social issues as the central theme.(PTI)

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