Cuttack,November 23: Eminent litterateur of Odisha and poet of international acclaim Jayanta Mahapatra has returned his padma shri award.
Jayanta Mahapatra said the return his Padma Shri award is only to express a small voice of dissent, not to show a dishonour to the nation.
Mahapatra said, "I felt hurt looking at the incidents happening in the country and reports being published in newspapers. I was forced to take this decision."
He further said, "After seeing the incidents and reading newspapers, I got fear that I might not be able to write as per my wish or what I think about. I would have to think ten times before writing about any subject. Besides, I have to think who will be hurt with my write-ups. Can I write as per my wish after considering so many things? My freedom has been cut short. Therefore, I decided to return the award to express how much I am hurt deep inside."