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Kerala author’s decision to burn his novel in public echoes Perumal Murugan

Echoing the Perumal Murugan episode from Tamil Nadu in 2015, Malayalam novelist Kamal C Chavara has decided to withdraw his book and burn it in front of the public in Calicut’s Kidson corner on Saturday evening at around 4 pm.

Kamal C Chavara, who hails from CPI(M) ruling state, was slapped with sedition charges following BJP workers complaint that his novel Smashanangalude Nottupusthakam contains derogatory portions about national anthem.

The writer was booked under section 124(A) of  IPC  for allegedly mocking the national anthem on December 18. Kamal C Chava’s and another youngster, who was accused of helping the writer, arrest triggered huge protest in Kerala. The widespread outrage forced chief minister to instruct the police to drop the sedition charge.

The author took to Facebook to say that despite the assurance, nothing has happened. The author alleged that Intelligence Bureau official have been hounding his family ever since he was released from the custody and he was facing and added that his life is more important than writing and he cannot live in an atmosphere of fear.

“The charge against me has still not been withdrawn. To this day, intelligence officials visits my house frequently, harass my family members. I continue to get calls at home and on my personal number threatening to kill me,” the writer said in his Facebook post.

“I don’t want to live here as a writer. As the sedition charges were slapped on me based on a chapter in my novel Smashanangalude Notepustakam , I am planning to burn it’s copy at Kidson Corner at Calicut. I have also requested it publishers, Green Books to pull it back from the market,” he added.

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