Maharashtra first awards Kobad guide, then scraps award panel, prize | India News

Maharashtra first awards Kobad guide, then scraps award panel, prize | India News
Maharashtra first awards Kobad guide, then scraps award panel, prize | India News

MUMBAI: Less than per week after saying a literary award for the Marathi translation of former Maoist chief Kobad Ghandy’s memoir, ‘Fractured Freedom’, the state authorities on Monday reversed the choice and scrapped the award’s scrutiny committee.
The state’s Marathi language division had introduced the Late Yashwantrao Chavan State Literature Award 2021 on December 6 to Anagha Lele for her Marathi translation printed by Lokwangmay Gruha.
Rolling again the choice in a Government Resolution (GR), the state additionally introduced disbanding of the award scrutiny committee citing administrative causes. It additionally sought a report from the secretary of the Maharashtra State Literary and Culture Board on the choice to present the guide an award.
“The state authorities’s Marathi Language division provides awards within the identify of late Yashwantrao Chavan. For these state stage literary awards, entries from inside and out of doors the state underneath numerous classes are thought-about…For the 12 months 2021, from amongst entries acquired, a scrutiny committee was shaped to pick the winners. The award was introduced on December 6. Now the scrutiny committee…has been scrapped. Similarly, the award…for the Marathi translation of the guide, ‘Fractured Freedom: A Prison Memoir’ has been scrapped,” the GR mentioned. The state’s Marathi language division is headed by minister Deepak Kesarkar who belongs to the Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena.
Officials mentioned there are 35 classes through which awards are given. Thirty three awardees had been introduced and Ghandy’s guide was chosen for creator/translation for ‘Tarktirth Laxmanshasatri Joshi Puraskar’ which carries prize cash of Rs 1 lakh. As quickly because the award was introduced, there have been reactions on social media with critics urging the federal government to overturn the choice.
In a press release to TOI, Ghandy mentioned lies had been being unfold about him on social media. “The guide’s English model has been a greatest vendor on Amazon since its launch in March 2021. . . ”
Kobad was a politburo member of the banned extremist group CPI (Maoist) earlier than he was suspended final 12 months for “anti-party” actions and for abandoning Maoist ideology. He was arrested in 2009 for alleged Naxal actions and spent a decade in jail earlier than he was launched on bail in 2019.

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