Clean chit for Hansda book

The state government has found nothing objectionable in Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar's award winning book, The Adivasi Will Not Dance, the Assembly was informed on Tuesday, four months after it was banned in Jharkhand over charges that his writings were pornographic and portrayed Santhali women wrongly.

By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT in Ranchi
  • Published 13.12.17
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The book cover

Ranchi: The state government has found nothing objectionable in Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar's award winning book, The Adivasi Will Not Dance, the Assembly was informed on Tuesday, four months after it was banned in Jharkhand over charges that his writings were pornographic and portrayed Santhali women wrongly.

Parliamentary affairs minister Saryu Roy said the ban on Hansda's collection of short stories was likely to be lifted soon.

Though the inquiry report of a multidisciplinary team, including tribal experts and authors, was tabled in the House on Tuesday, it wasn't made available to the media.

But, Roy said the report stated that the 34-year-old author did not denigrate tribal life or Santhali women.

"He is a well-known author and a Sahitya Akademi Award winner. We ordered an inquiry to ward off unwarranted controversies. Authors and artists do have the right to express their inner feelings in their own ways. During inquiries it was found that his expressions did not aim at hurting anyone and his writing could not be dubbed pornography. The ban on his book may be withdrawn soon," minister Roy said.

The collection of 10 short stories, originally written in English in 2015 by Hansda, was subsequently translated to Hindi, Marathi and Tamil. One story in the anthology, November Is The Month of Migration, came under attack from political parties and social outfits for allegedly being pornographic in nature and portraying a wrong picture of Santhali community and its women.

However, Hansda, who won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar for his debut novel The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey in 2015, stood firm by what he wrote in his book.