Writer Jeyamohan in his website registered his opinion on the awards of Sahithya Academy and the selections of that organisation when he answered one of the questions asked by his reader recently and he summarised the following as a brief which may seem a bit offensive to a few , but his argument seems to be rational to majority of literary readers.
Jeyamohan feels it is his duty to enunciate the fact that certain parameters of what he believes , have to be pressed for consideration to the Sahithya Academy.And he argues the good writers whom he thinks and believes should be brought to the front line.
He would accept even those who had contributed at least to one of the facets of literature, who otherwise personally he might not recognise as literateurs
He feels strongly and wants to pinpoint the lacunae in awarding the Sahithya Academy if there is any discrepancy.
He thinks the following writers are to be considered for the recognition by this organisation: Aa.Madhavan, Gnanakoothan, venkat Saminathan, Ambai, Naanjil Naadan, Poomani, Vannanilavan, Vannathasan, Rajendra Chozhan, Devadevan, Vittalrao, Thamizhavan, Rajgowthaman, Vikrmathithyan, Sukumaran,
Melanmai Ponnusamy or Thilagavathy has written from their field and contributed to the modern writing , though his opinion is, their writing is not of any standard, he says it is a category of its own, but when they are recognised by any award, accepting the comments is also an inevitability.
If Sahithya Academy is recognising people on the basis of literary standard and societal participation and if the organisation recognised the wrong people without these set standards this amounts to a sort of cheating and to be condemned.
When this Academy award compared to other awards [ giving more money ] is unique because it is by Govt and Democracy so responsibility is more , hence once a wrong individual is awarded it is the responsibility of the critique to expose and show the resistance , otherwise this award also becomes the run of the mill type.
The writers, Jeyamohan mentioned ,who deserve the award are not inferior by not getting it, but if we are silent on this conferring on the wrong people , it is construed as a sort of recognition and hence this resistance is needed and registered in the public domain.
He also says that in other languages this selection seems to be almost correct in the aspects on which this award is considered.
He is firmly of the opinion that this is understandable and comprehensible to those real literary readers.
Note: This following is my personal opinion, in general these awards are given now a days , owing to the political allegiance of the writers,sycophancy to a leader or leaders of a political party , shamelessness in praising the persons as if the persons of such praise are the only saviors of a particular language and culture.Many a time , useless guys who in their earlier part of their lives spent in a particular organisations for want of food and other things are patronized like one gives alms to the beggars by their political clout. Recently one fellow in Kerala got this owing to his allegiance to the Communist Movement and Communists shown their gratitude by way of this award by influencing the Govt. There are very many good writers who deserve this award better than him in other languages. SHAMELESSNESS , THY NAME IS SAHITHYA ACADEMY NOW.