SRINAGAR: Renowned Indian author Nayantara Sahgal, who was among one of the first writers to return her Sahitya Akademi award to protest against intolerance in India, has on Monday accused Hindu rightwing groups of fostering trouble in the NIT Kashmir campus.
In an interview to Indian news agency, Sahgal said that the effort began at the time of Syama Prasad Mookerjee, founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS).
“There has been an attempt by Hindu right wing to create trouble between Jammu and Kashmir to bring in the Hindu element from the time of Syama Prasad Mookerjee and it’s still going on,” she said, charging the BJP with wanting to destroy secularism in Kashmir.
“Kashmir was the only secular place in India where there was no riots even during the Partition. It used to be the centre of a great religious culture,” she said.