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Acclaimed Assamese novelists in legal wrangle
Published on 27 Jan. 2010 11:56 PM IST
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Two popular Assamese novels by acclaimed writers, including the one which got the Sahitya Akademi award, could face legal wrangling as indigenous communities of the state are peeved by the alleged derogatory statements made in the book against their clans and customs. According to a UNI report, the Kaivartya community has taken up cudgels against eminent writer Homen Borgohains Matsyagandha and Dr Dhrubajyoti Boras Ratha Katnakar, while the former has been made into a feature film, the latter was awarded the Sahitya Akademi last year. The Kaivartya community is highly displeased at the unpleasant remarks made about it in these books and a meeting convened by the Anuchita Jati Yuva-Chatra Santha (AJYCS) at Sivsagar recently, has resolved to initiate legal proceedings against the writers for allegedly defaming the community. Representatives of other communities, including Deuri, Kachari, Koch and tea tribes, had also attended the meeting. They alleged that Dr Bora had used derogatory words for the Kaivartya community and the people were deeply hurt by such action. They also maintained that the social evils of untouchability and racial discrimination were propagated by these novels and demanded ban on their sale. The meeting also resolved to approach the courts against these two novels very soon.

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