The recipients of the Bhartiya Sahitya Akademi Award in Punjabi which includes Sirmour Shire Dr Mohanjit, prominent scholar Dr Jaswinder Singh, and Punjabi dramatist and editor of Punjabi Tribune Swarajbir have returned their honours in a show of solidarity for farmers according to Central Punjabi Writers’ Association on Friday.
In an official letter, the CPWA said that this could be reviewed that prior to an enormous number of Punjabi journalists had challenged the disposition of quite an overbearing government on the topic of the opportunity of articulation by pulling out the Academy Award. Today again when the Government of India, rather than tolerating the authentic requests of the farmers, is moving them in the city in the unforgiving winter, Punjabi authors are fighting at the public level by restoring the honour.
Former Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patriarch Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday returned the Padma Vibhushan award in protest against the “betrayal of the farmers by the Government of India” and for the “shocking indifference and contempt” that the government is showing towards the ongoing peaceful and democratic protests of the farmers.
Badal further said that this betrayal of the farmers’ trust by the government is like stabbing the back of an already beleaguered peasantry of the country. The farmers find themselves waging this bitter war in the severe winters of the North just to secure a fundamental right to live.
The ongoing farmers’ protests are against The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 that were implemented by the government.