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Writers' protest not natural but political: General VK Singh

The Minister of state for External Affairs said this while talking to reporters after the release of Hindi translation of his autobiography 'Sahas aur Sankalp' at Raj Bhawan.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:October 17, 2015, 8:53 PM IST
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Writers' protest not natural but political: General VK Singh
The Minister of state for External Affairs said this while talking to reporters after the release of Hindi translation of his autobiography 'Sahas aur Sankalp' at Raj Bhawan.
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Lucknow: Union Minister General VK Singh on Saturday termed action of writers returning their awards as not natural but "political" and questioned why they did not do so after some "heinous incidents" took place in the past.

"Several things have happened in the past too and had they felt the same on such issues? Where were they earlier. I respect them but if they make it a political issue while being a litterateur it is not the right thing", General Singh said.

The Minister of state for External Affairs said this while talking to reporters after the release of Hindi translation of his autobiography 'Sahas aur Sankalp" at Raj Bhawan.

The former army chief said "a question comes naturally to mind and that is whether these (resignations) are a manifestation of their heartache or someone is behind it." Certain "heinous incidents" did take place in the past also but awards were never returned, Singh said, adding, it does not seem "natural".

To a question on religious intolerance, he said that sometimes minor things takes place which have also happened in the past are given unnecessary importance.

"This country and its people have communal tolerance and harmony... showing it differently is wrong... media should also pay attention that it is not given unwanted publicity", he said.

"I come from army where all religions live under the same roof and I found all this very strange", he said. On reasons behind such incidents, he said that they could be many.

"A word saffronisation was coined sometime back and I have not understood its meaning in my 40 years of career...it is a colour of sacrifice but if you show it as (something) negative it is wrong".

"The government's policy is that all religions are equal and it does not believe in appeasement. In a case of murder, guilty should be punished", he said.

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