City based artists’ group supports Girish Karnad against Naipaul

Activist-artist group SAHMAT on Monday came out in support of theatre personality Girish Karnad, who had called Nobel laureate writer V S Naipaul ‘anti-Muslim’.

SAHMAT (Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust), in a statement released  in Delhi said: ‘We stand by Girish Karnad, actor and playwright, and extend our solidarity in condemning the Lifetime Achievement Award to V S Naipaul by the organisers of the festival.’

Girish Karnad created a controversy at the Mumbai Literature Festival slamming Naipaul, who was given a lifetime achievement award at the event. The four-day LitFest opened on 31 October.

‘Since the publication of his non-fiction book India: A Wounded Civilisation, Naipaul has, as Karnad rightly pointed out, never missed a chance to Indian Muslims of having savaged India for five centuries, brought poverty into it, and destroyed glorious Indian culture,’ SAHMAT said in a statement.
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