Jnanpith winner Kambara to head Sahitya Akademi

NEW DELHI: Eminent Kannada author and Jnanpith award winner Chandrashekhara Kambar was once elected president of Sahitya Akademi on Friday. Kambar, the 3rd Kannadiga to head the Indian Academy of Letters since its inception, defeated his closest opponent and Odia author Pratibha Ray in a secret poll.
Of the 89 individuals of the general council who voted in Monday’s elections, 56 voted in favour of Kambar, whilst 29 individuals voted for Ray as president. The 3rd contender for the highest process, Marathi author Bhalchandra Nemade, may simplest get four votes.

Conventionally, the vp of the Sahitya Akademi is increased to the put up of president. However, this is not the first time an election to the put up was once necessitated. What writers find discomforting this time, though, is a repeat of the 2003 polls the place partisan politics — a ‘Left verus Non-Left’ theme — has resurfaced and brought centrestage on the Akademi.


Back in 2003, the presidential contest was once between the Bharatiya Jnanpith award-winning author, Mahasweta Devi, and outgoing vice-president of the Akademi, Gopi Chand Narang. Mahasweta Devi, despite her stature as a doyen of literature and of the paintings she had accomplished among tribals, was once defeated all over the elctions. Urdu critic Narang, on the other hand, had gained 56 of the 94 votes that had been polled.


While the non-Left had triumphed then, murmurs within the academy of letters on Monday steered Kambar’s victory was once a reassertion of Sahitya Akademi’s relative autonomy compared to the opposite cultural bodies that experience allegedly been infiltrated by means of right-leaning administrators.


Shortly after being declared President of the Sahitya Akademi, Kambar, additionally the first vice-chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi, stated he was once looking ahead to providing a platform to regional languages in India and to counter the eurocentric thurst on Literature. Kambar additionally thanked outgoing president Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari and stated he'll remain dedicated to taking Sahitya Akademi to greater heights.


Over the previous couple of years, Sahitya Akademi has been on the centre of considerable controversy, together with the ‘award wapasi’ marketing campaign the place writers returned their Sahitya Akademi awards as a mark of protest against the rising culture of intolerance in the country.
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