Hareesh said he was forced to take the decision following unbearable threats from right-wing activists, who called the novel an insult to Hinduism.

A notable Malayalam writer on Saturday was forced to withdraw his novel after he allegedly received threats from Sangh Parivar outfits.

S Hareesh, the 2018 Kerala Sahitya Akademi award winner, withdrew the novel ‘Meesha’ from Mathrubhumi weekly, which had been serialising it for the past few weeks.

Confirming the news, Kamalram Sajeev, who heads the editorial board of the weekly tweeted: “S Hareesh withdraws his novel ‘Meesha’, literature is being mob lynched, darkest day in Kerala’s cultural history, lightless days to follow.”

The novel, about life in Kerala half-a-century ago, ruffled the feathers of some right-wing activists, who found portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel objectionable. The abusers took umbrage over a dialogue by a character about women’s intentions behind visiting temples.

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Hareesh said he was forced to take the decision following unbearable threats from right-wing activists, who called the novel an insult to Hinduism.

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