New Delhi : He never minces his words. And looking at the scenario where creative minds of the country are returning their awards and honours, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap feels suppressing the voices of artistes can only put a civilisation in “grave danger”.

Multiple writers, filmmakers and historians have returned their national awards over the past few weeks as a mark of protest against a growing atmosphere of intolerance in the country.

“The voice of dissent is being suppressed. For me, any civilisation that tries to suppress the voice of the artiste or the writer is always in grave danger,” the director of “Gangs Of Wasseypur” told IANS.

“I always say that every civilsation and society has a duty to try and preserve its voice of artistes, of culture…. because if you don’t do that, it would be a very scary place to be in,” he added.

He feels that “sometimes a recognition makes you feel obliged (to do something) in a certain way”. He adds that returning prestigious honours is the highest form of protest. “So, it’s their (the writers’) way of dissent as they think it is binding on them,” he said.

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