The Sahitya Akademi Award, a national award, is totally apolitical. Many a time these awards have resulted in great fame and fortune for the awardees who otherwise were not well known. Now several awardees are doing political drama despite their questionable background and past associations. Nayantara Sahgal – Nehru’s niece had received her award from Rajiv Gandhi, even though he was in power during the gruesome 1984 Sikh pogrom or did not object when Kashmiri Pandits were exposed to violent crimes in the 1990s. Vikram Seth who has threatened to return the award even though he had no of receiving if from Jagdish Tytler, who is accused of being responsible for the 1984 pogrom.
- 22 Oct 2015