Row over Kamala Surayya` gift unfortunate: Kerala Minister
Thiruvananthapuram, May 22: Kerala Minister for Cultural Affairs M A Baby today said he would strive to amicably settle the controversy sparked by the donation of a piece of ancestral property by eminent writer Kamala Surayya to the Kerala Sahithya Akademi.
Reacting to questions on opposition from certain quarters over transfer of the 17 'cents' (100 'cents' equal one acre) of land, which has a "holy grove" at Punnayurkulam in Thrissur district by Kamala Surayya, Baby said it was unfortunate that this noble gesture from the writer had become the subject of a controversy.
"She is one of the greatest Malayalam writers. We will try to settle the issue without ruffling the sentiments of any section. We will examine how this plot could be taken over and utilised as per wishes of the donor," Baby told reporters here.
Kamala Surayya — Kamala Das before her conversion to Islam and popularly known in Malayalam literature by her pen name Madhavikutty — had gifted part of the land she inherited as part of her matrilineal family home in Punnayurkulam.
The matter ran into trouble after some Hindu outfits came out against the transfer on the ground that the plot contained a "holy grove" where serpent worship had been performed traditionally.
Well-known poet and Kerala Sahitya Akademi president Yusafali Kecheri had expressed his reservation to take possession of the land following the local people's objections.
Zee News Bureau Report