Sri Lankan author donates part prize money to ‘violence victims’ of Kashmir

Also donates for strife-torn Rohingyas, Northeast Sri Lankans

SAQIB MALIK
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 20 2017 12:21AM | Updated Date: Nov 20 2017 12:21AM
Sri Lankan author donates part prize money to ‘violence victims’ of KashmirFile Photo

In a rare gesture, a Sri Lankan author, Anuk Ardupragasam, who won the prestigious 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature on Saturday at Dhaka, has announced to contribute a part of the prize money for “violence victims” of Kashmir.

Ardupragasam announced he will donate the amount to organisations working for people in Kashmir. According to reports, soon after receiving the award at Dhaka on Saturday evening, the author said he will donate one third of the prize money to organisations working for Rohingya Muslims, North Eastern Sri Lankans and Kashmiris.

Arudpragasam's "The Story of a Brief Marriage" , a touching tale of a young man trapped on the frontlines between the Sri Lankan Army and the Tamil Tigers, has bagged the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017. The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is an international literary prize awarded annually to writers of any ethnicity or nationality writing about South Asia themes such as culture, politics, history or people

The award was presented to Ardupragasam by Bangladesh Finance Minister at the Bangla Academy during the closing ceremony of the three-day long Dhaka Literature Festival.

Ardupragasam who is currently US-based has vowed to return to Sri Lanka soon.  According to reports, the award winning author is keen on providing a helping hand to people living in conflict zones such as Kashmir.