What would say Mr Vishwanath Tiwari and Mr AshokVajpayee now?Believe ,it would be rather interesting!
"I was honoured to receive the prestigious award. But now I feel we the writers have a role to play in the way things are going on in our country. So as a matter of protest, I will return the award along with the cash award that I received then," she told reporters in Thrissur.
With this decision, she joins other writers, including Nayantara Sahgal and Ashok Vajpeyi, former chairperson of the Lalit Kala Akademi, who returned their Sahitya Akademi awards.
Joseph, 69, received the award for her novel 'Aalahayude Penmakkal '(Daughters of God the father) first published in 1999.
She heads the Aam Aadmi Party's unit in the state and contested the Lok Sabha polls from the Thrissur constituency last year.
Malayalam and English poet K Satchidanandan today quit Sahitya Akademi over the same issue. On Friday, Karnataka-based author Shashi Deshpande had resigned from the Sahitya Akademi's general council to protest against its silence on the murder of Kannada writer MM Kalburgi.
Earlier, Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi and writer Nayantara Sahgal had announced their decisions to return the Sahitya Akademi awards, as a mark of protest.