His Work ”Madhorubhagan” Has Courted Trouble Due To Opposition From Some Fringe Groups, Which Have The Backing Of The Saffron Brigade

Chennai : Tamil novelist Permual Murugan, whose four-year-old work ”Madhorubhagan” has courted trouble due to opposition from some fringe groups, which have the backing of the saffron brigade, has gone into a self-imposed ”exile” of sorts, fearing attacks from his critics. Murugan, who is an Associate Professor of Tamil in Government Arts College for Men in Namakkal district in western Tamil Nadu, has locked his house and taken shelter at an undisclosed location in Chennai.

The writer had last week offered to remove the “offending” texts from the future prints of the novel. However, seeking a total ban on the novel, fringe groups forced a bandh in Namakkal district on Friday prompting the novelist to leave his house.

“I had no other option as the protests and threats are continuing,” he said pointing out that his critics had failed to turn up for talks convened by the police on Thursday. The writer has told the police that he was even willing to withdraw the existing copies of the novel from the market.

Civil society, however, has come out in support of the novelist and activists have urged the Tamil Nadu Government to intervene and ensure his safety and creative work.

“The developments in Namakkal show that casteist forces have joined hands with communal forces to create tension in the society,” he said. Vasanthi Devi has said that the incident reflected that fascism has raised its ugly head. “The police have remained mute spectators so far, which is a worrying trend,” she said.

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