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It’s high time that writers take a stand

Ashok Vajpeyi

We have an eloquent Prime Minister, who addresses lakhs of people, but here writers are being murdered, innocent people are being murdered, his Ministers make controversial statements...Still he is quiet. Why doesn’t he shut them up?

Ashok Vajpeyi

Unlike other states in the country, in Kerala, traditions, classicism, orthodoxy, innovation and boldness co-exist. The state hosts a large number of international events. So it’s very important that Kerala keeps on the tradition at a time when voices of dissent are being suppressed in the country

Ashok Vajpeyi

Poetry in times of devaluation and totalisation of language tries to keep language alive in its human intensity, moral vigour and emotional strength. 

Ashok Vajpeyi

Poetry is a noble trinity of courage, creativity and conscience. Whether it’s heard or not, it should raise its voice

Ashok Vajpeyi

Unlike religious leaders, politicians, spiritual gurus, ideologues and mediapersons et.al, poets do not doubt themselves.

Ashok Vajpeyi

Poetry is written more often out of doubt rather than certainty

Ashok Vajpeyi

There are many things which seem to be more important in ordinary life than poetry, an art of spontaneity, passion, vision, but difficult grace.

Ashok Vajpeyi

Poetry enters heaven with mud-soaked shoes.

Ashok Vajpeyi

The Sahitya Akademi should actively, dynamically and imaginatively work towards making space for dissemination and better accessibility of literature in our time and society.

Ashok Vajpeyi

The Sahitya Akademi was supposed to stand by writers, to protest, strongly and publicly, against the murder of writers. Instead, it took the role of a shameless sycophant of the government, and belatedly met and passed a resolution.

Ashok Vajpeyi

At present in India, I don’t know how Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will harm Islam, but it will certainly destroy Hinduism

Ashok Vajpeyi

There is a difference between the nation and its government. The nation is larger than the government. 

Ashok Vajpeyi

Protesting against the government doesn’t mean one is protesting against the nation.

Ashok Vajpeyi

Every generation tries to discover its world in their time. 

Hilal Naqvi (Pakistani Poet)

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