Much to the joy of friends and followers, Murugan has announced that he will return to writing, strengthened by the verdict of the Madras HC. After the Madras HC quashed a criminal case against Tamil writer Perumal Murugan for his controversial writings on caste, Perumal Murugan delivered a short, succinct statement expressing his joy at the verdict.
The judgment gives me much happiness. It comforts a heart that had shrunk itself and had wilted. I am trying to prop myself up holding on to the light of the last lines of the judgment:
"Let the author be resurrected to what he is best at. Write." I will get up. It is just that my mind wishes to spend a little time in the joy of this moment. My thanks to friends who stood by me. My thanks also to friends who stood against me.
A flower blooms
after the big bang
The flower would
take up and establish
On Tuesday morning, a Madras High Court bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana delivered the verdict on a petition seeking a ban on Tamil writer Perumal Murugan’s controversial book Madhorubagan.
The court has ordered that Perumal Murugan need not withdraw his book. You can read the full judgment here.
Kannan Sundaram, the publisher of Madhorubangan told The News Minute, "It was an excellent judgement and we could not have had anything more then this. It was a beautiful judgement. It was Perumal Murugan who informed me. He was very happy."
Kannan Sundaram says he hopes that Perumal Murugan will now also republish all his earlier works.
"The judgement is an encouragement for artists and writers, but more than that the judges have helped framed guidelines for the government and police on how they should act in such times. This was one of our submissions and the court accepted a few," he added.