Kochi: Writer M K Sanu who resigned from the post of chairman of Vayalar Ramavarma Memorial Trust (VRMT) welcomed the selection of Nireeswaran, the novel penned by V J James, for the Vayalar Award on Saturday.
Earlier, there was pressure from some lobby on award committee to pick a different, average work for award. But from the beginning, Sanu Master, who is a prominent literary figure in Malayalam, argued for VJ James’ ‘Nireeswaran’ from the beginning. Sanu Master said that his resignation paved the way for the deserving candidate received the award.
After the controversy, Sanu had earlier resigned from the post alleging interference from outsiders in the award selection process and pressure to grant maximum marks to an undeserving candidate.
The critic said he had received tremendous pressure from various corners to select a novel for the award, which according to him, was undeserving. “I had been part of the Trust for the last 10 years. This was the first time I had such a bad experience. I felt it was better to step down from the Trust rather than be a mute spectator to injustice,” Sanu said.
According to Sanu, the novel written by V J James highlighted the realities of the present-day world. The language used in the novel is splendid, he said.