Ms Azmi tweeted:
Returning awards is a symbolic gesture that brings attention.Instead of damning them read the writing on the wall— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) November 1, 2015
Last week, prominent writers such as Ganesh Vispute, Sambhajai Bhaga, Harishchandra Thorat, Pradnya Pawar, Milind Malshe, Yeshu Patil, Vasant Patankar, Urmila Pawar and Mukund Kale returned their various state honours, joining their counterparts across the country.
A group of 10 filmmakers, including Dibakar Banerjee and Anand Patwardhan, announced on October 29 that they would return their national awards to protest against the "threat to diversity and freedom of speech."(Also Read: 10 Filmmakers Return National Awards, Say 'Disenchanted With What's Happening in Country')