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Novel row: Nair Service Society hits out at writer Hareesh

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 25, 2018
URL:      https://m.timesofindia.com/city/kochi/novel-row-nair-service-society-hits-out-at-writer-hareesh/amp_articleshow/65127415.cms?__twitter_impression=true

Nair Service Society (NSS) slammed novelist S Hareesh for 'hurting the beliefs of Hinduism' through the remarks of a character in his novel 'Meesha'.

The novelist last week had announced his decision to withdraw his maiden novel, which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi weekly, owing to threat from right-wing outfits.

NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair, in a press note on Tuesday, also slammed the publisher for publishing this particular portion and said it brought disgrace to the culture of Kerala.

He also said that insulting a group in the name of freedom of expression was undesirable. The fact that the novelist has insulted the purity of the intention of the Hindu women visiting temples makes the issue a very serious one. One should not think that anything could be said against Hindu women just because they are part of a tolerant society, he said.

"What would have been the repercussion if women of some other religion was insulted like this?" he asked.

He also said that some have been using the topic only for political gains. "I have read about the support extended to the novelist by some political leaders and writers in the media," he said, adding that such moves were 'politically motivated' and 'a ploy to prove one as a progressive person before the public'. Such moves can never be justified, he said.
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