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Mumbai:  Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday urged writers and artistes to take back the national awards they had returned in protest against what they called a “culture of intolerance”.

“We have respect for the writers who have returned their awards. But nothing will be achieved by this,” said Fadnavis at a Press meet organised by the Mantralaya & Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh to mark his government’s first anniversary.

Last week, eight prominent writers decided to return their awards, while 13 top film-makers also returned their national awards.

Fadnavis declared that the writers are welcome to pull up the government if they felt anything is going wrong as they hold a mirror to the society through their writings.

“They inspire society through their words… If they return the awards, they will achieve nothing. I appeal to them to take back their awards and we shall restore the honour again,” he said.

Last week, prominent writers like Ganesh Vispute, Sambhajai Bhaga, Harishchandra Thorat, Pradnya Pawar, Milind Malshe, Yeshu Patil, Vasant Patankar, Urmila Pawar and Mukund Kale returned their various state honours, joining their counterparts across the country.

In another dramatic development last Wednesday, 13 leading filmmakers announced in Mumbai they were returning their national awards and honours.

They are: Anand Patwardhan, Dipankar Banerjee, Paresh Kamdar, Nishtha Jain, Kirti Nakhwa, Harshavardhan Kulkarni, Hari Nair, Rakesh Sharma, Indraneel Lahiri, Lipika Singh Darai, Vikrant Pawar, Rakesh Shukla and Prateek Vats.

(IANS)

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UK-based scholar John Ralston Marr and Maharashtra Chief Devendra Fadnavis to get SIES-Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati National Eminence Award

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Mumbai, Dec 15, 2016: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and UK-based scholar in Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu John Ralston Marr have been named for this year’s SIES-Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati National Eminence Award, an official said on Thursday.

While Fadnavis shall be honoured with the award in Public Leadership, Marr will get the award in the international category at a ceremony here on December 18.

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Marr is a scholar in Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu, besides being a Carnatic music teacher for 30 years in Britain.

Other awardees include ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar for science and technology and Hari-Katha exponent Kamala Murthy.

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Instituted by the South Indian Education Society (SIES) in 1998 in memory of the late Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, who passed away in 1994 aged 100, each award carries a cash prize of Rs 250,000, a citation, a shawl and an ornamental lamp.

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Some of the earlier recipients of the award include the late President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the late President Shankar Dayal Sharma, the late M.S. Subbulakshmi, the late Nani Palkhivala, the late Verghese Kurien, Lata Mangeshkar, Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan. (IANS)