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Draupadi Book Issue

AP High Court asks Centre to consider plea against Draupadi
Petitioner say that the book has distorted the epic and is an affront on Indian Culture

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AP High Court asks Centre to consider plea against Draupadi

Petitioner say that the book has distorted the epic and is an affront on Indian Culture


A Division Bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice T Meena Kumari and Justice PV Sanjay Kumar directed the Central Government to consider a representation on the advisability of awarding Kendriya Sahitaya Academy award to Telugu book - Draupadi - written by Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad. One B Subrahmanya Sarma moved the High Court complaining that the content of the book was an affront on the culture of the nation and the decision of the Academy was contrary to the relevant rules. He complained that the work was clearly titillating with description of Draupadi.

The petitioner further complained that the book distorted the epic and portrayed Draupadi as a nymphomaniac besotted with carnal desires at every moment of her life. The author concocts that Draupadi has sexual desire even with Lord Krishna and Dhritarashtra. According to the him, the award lent legitimacy to the distasteful distortion of the epic. The work had been rejected last year but this year's jury comprising of former governor VS Rama Devi, Head of the Department of University of Hyderabad, B Ramabrahmam and writer K Rama Rao recommended the book for the award against public interest.

The award function is scheduled to February 16, 2010. While admitting the writ petition, the bench directed the petitioner to make a representation to the Union Ministry of Information and broadcasting and directed the ministry to consider the representation expeditiously. On issuance of notice, the petition will be heard on February 15, 2010.

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