Writers Move HC In Support Of Perumal Murugan

  • The Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers’ Association has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Madras High Court, seeking to declare as null and void the peace meeting held at Namakkal Collectorate, after which writer Perumal Murugan renounced writing.
  • Mr. Murugan was helpless and was forced to tender an unconditional apology and delete certain portions from his novel Madhorubhagan ,
  • The association alleged that he was intimidated into subscribing to the demands of the opponents, backed by the revenue and police officials.
  • It said the author’s decision at the meeting to issue an unconditional apology, delete the controversial portions from his book, withdraw unsold copies from the market and not to write about any controversial subjects hurting the people’s sentiments should be declared as null and void.
  • Hence the present petition.
  • The novel that has been at the centre of controversy revolves round the futile efforts of a childless couple and a myth related to a temple car festival.
  • The novel is set in pre-Independence period involving consensual sex ritually associated with the annual car festival of Sri Arthanareeswarar temple at Tiruchengode in Namakkal district.
  • The author hailed from a village in Tiruchengode.
  • The petition is likely to come up for hearing on 20th January
  • The Communist Party of India on 19th January  appealed to Mr. Murugan to reconsider his decision to leave the literary world, while it denounced the fundamentalist forces for strangulating the writer’s freedom.
  • The party’s national council meeting held in Nagpur passed a resoluton, urging Mr. Murugan to continue writing.
  • Noting that Mr. Murugan has been writing on social issues for the last 25 years and he recently condemned the compulsory capitation fee prevalent in private educational institutions in Namakkal district, the party said that the particular article irritated the commercial educational capitalists.
  • In this background, the RSS found fault with a recorded cultural event in his novel and campaigned against him and organised a public protest