Nayantara Sahgal, a renowned Indian writer and member of the Indian Writer's Forum, who was recognised for her impeccable work in Indian literature and awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award 29 years ago, has returned the prestigious award to the government as a sign of protest. She was honoured in 1986 for her English novel, Rich Like Us. Nayantara is not happy with the way religious intolerance is rising in our nation, which is curbing people's rights.
Sampooran Singh Kalra (born 18 August 1936), known popularly by his pen name Gulzar, is an Indian poet, lyricist and director. He primarily writes in Hindi-Urdu and has also written in Punjabi and several dialects of Hindi such as Braj Bhasha, Khariboli, Haryanvi and Marwari. Gulzar was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2004 for his contribution to the arts and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002. He has won a number of National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards.
Yashpal was a Hindi-language author who is often considered to be the most gifted since Premchand. A political commentator and a socialist who had a particular concern for the welfare of the poor and disadvantaged, he wrote in a range of genres, including essays, novels and short stories, as well as a play, two travel books and an autobiography. He won the Hindi-language Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel, Meri Teri Uski Baat in 1976 and was also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan. itimes.com
Amarkant was an Indian writer of Hindi literature. His novel Inhin Hathiyaron Se earned him the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2007, and Vyas Samman in year 2009. He was awarded Jnanpith Award for the year 2009. itimes.com
Indira Goswami known by her pen name Mamoni Raisom Goswami and popularly as Mamoni Baideo was an Assamese editor, poet, professor, scholar and writer. Indira Goswami in inauguration ceremony of a 2nd India Saraswati temple at Bijoy Nagar, Guwahati She was the winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award he Jnanpith Award and Principal Prince Claus Laureate.