Agra: Booker Prize Winner Geetanjali Shree’s Felicitation Event Cancelled Amid FIR Threat

| Updated: July 31, 2022 8:04 pm

An event organised in Agra to felicitate Geetanjali Shree on her winning the International Booker Prize was cancelled at the last minute.. A complaint was booked against the writer for alleged inappropriate comments about Hindi deities in her novel “Ret Samadhi”. The celebration event was to be held at a five-star Hotel in Agra. The complainant is Sandeep Kumar Pathak from Sadabad in Hathras district who took offense at some of the Geetanjali’s writings on Lord Shiva and mother Parvati.

Anil Shukla, a functionary of Rangeela said that during the JNU program in Delhi, some delinquents attempted to create some obstacles which really hurt Geentanjali’s sentiments. He believes that the novel is being pushed into political controversy without any context. In lieu of that, Geetanjali Shree has decided not to participate in any public functions for some time. Anil really feels that the incident is shameful to the field of art and literature.

Shukla also added that people were disappointed over the event cancellation. A large audience from different arenas of life had their hearts set upon meeting Geetanjali he says. Rambharat Upadhyay, a spokesperson of the event, told sources that Sandeep Pathak in his complaint had mentioned that Geetanjali’s comments had hurt the sentiments of Hindus. Sandeep had tweeted requesting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the DGP for an FIR against Shree.

Who is Geetanjali Shree?

Geetanjali Shree wrote history by becoming the first Hindi author to win the International Booker Prize for her novel “Tomb of Stone”. The book has become the first novel in any Indian language to win the International Booker Prize award. The book competed with five other novels from around the world, for the renowned 50,000 pounds literary prize and was described as “loud and irresistible” by the judges.

The book which is named “Ret Samadhi” follows an 80-year-old woman after the death of her husband. It is a family saga, set in the period of partition. The book was published in Hindi language in 2018 and is the first Hindi language book to be shortlisted for the 50,000-pound prize.

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