Sunday, October 18, 2015

Indian Writers' Protests

Some 41 novelists, essayists, playwrights and poets in India have returned awards they received from the country’s prestigious literary academy – in protest against a deteriorating climate of intolerance that has infected India.
They avouched they cannot remain mute spectators and especially when violence visited them.

They were already riled that India’s National Academy of Letters have said little about the attack on the award-winning writer in the Kannada language Malleshappa Kalburgi (left), who was gunned down on August 30, 2015 allegedly for his outspoken remarks about idol worship and false beliefs – and which had angered right-wing Hindu groups.
Even internationally renowned novelist Salman Rushdie (who was born in Mumbai, India) has come out strongly in support of the Indian writers.
The government predictably dismissed the writers’ protests, questioning their motives and accusing them of being politically motivated.
This is the usual lame excuse we often hear governments give.
On Thursday evening, I attended the Sunway University Toastmasters meeting. I was an Evaluator for Wong Jia Wei’s CC speech #10 – he had talked about the “kiasus”.

Another good meeting!

In Philadelphia Friday, England's Laura Massaro had to dig deep to beat Malaysia’s Nicol David in five epic games to reach the US Open semi-finals. Massaro rallied from two games down to overcome David 8-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-8 and 12-10 in a 71-minute thriller. The defeat is David’s fifth loss of the year.

Three days earlier, David had defeated Nouran Gohar 11-6, 11-7 and 11-7 to avenge her defeat at the China Open (September 01-06, 2015) to the Egyptian.

Nicol David – I have no doubt she’ll be back as the victor! I believe in her!

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