Bangalore Lit Fest director steps down

Following three Kannada writers – TK Dayanand, Airf Raja and OL Nagabhushana Swamy – boycotting the Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF) in opposition to his views against award-wapsi, Vikram Sampath has decided to step down as one of the festival directors. In a statement, the Sahitya Akademi-winning author said that he has become a target of “personalised campaign”. This, he believes, is because of his stand against writers returning their awards as protest against intolerance, and him signing a petition to recognize multiple narratives in Indian history after the recent political controversy over celebration of Tipu Sultan’s anniversary. While speaking to TIMES NOW, Vikram expressed his views.

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