Voicing displeasure over the Dadri lynching incident and and a string of killings of rationalists, he also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's continued silence on these cases.
    
"Sehgal was right. He is a very loquacious Prime Minister. Why doesn't he tell the nation that the pluralism of this country will be defended at every cost?" Vajpeyi told reporters.

"There are the comments made by the Culture Minister about renaming Aurangazeb road to APJ Abdul Kalam road. He says Kalam was a great nationalist despite being a Muslim. These kinds of statements belittle the multi-cultural and multi-religious fabric of the country. What can writers do but protest," he 74-year-old Hindi poet, essayist and literary-cultural critic said.
    
Yesterday, Nayantara Sahgal, the 88-year-old niece of Jawaharlal Nehru, had announced her decision to return her Sahitya Akademi award. In an open letter titled 'Unmaking of India' she had referred to the Dadri lynching of a Muslim man by a mob over suspicion of eating beef, and also the killings of Kannada writer M M Kalburgi and rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.
    
Sehgal had also questioned the silence of PM Narendra Modi on these incidents. "This is in solidarity with writers and intellectuals being murdered in broad daylight," Vajpeyi said. He also expressed disappointment over the failure of the Sahitya Akademi to 'rise to the occasion' to protect the autonomy of writers.

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