Wednesday, 21st August, 2019

Civilised world stands exposed

16, May 2018 By shakeel ahmad

The echo of ‘me too movement’ has now reached the Nobel Prize. It seemed no area was as safe as it looked. What has been dominant in today’s world is sufficient to reveal the civilised world.

The award for literature stands postponed for 2018 while on another hand the prestigious awards in various other fields remain completely unaffected. The honour has not been awarded in 1914, 15, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 49 since its inception in 1091.

At the basis of the crisis is the spur of allegations against by Jean-Claude Arnault, a photographer of high stature in the art world. He was very much attached with the Swedish Academy.

What furthered uproar were detailed allegations by the 18 women of sexual assault or harassment by him over a period of more than two decades in France, Sweden and properties owned by the Academy.

These bitter allegations sparked infighting among the Swedish Academy members. Three members of the academy resigned over a delay in an expulsion of Arnault’s wife Katrina Frostenson as a member.

This issue was soon after fortified by Sara Danius, a permanent secretary who raised the matter vehemently. The dominant anger over the sex abuse scandal was a prime cause behind postponing the year’s award in due course.

It appeared like an inferno waiting for radiating the name and fame of the most honoured cultural honours. The glares of the sex scandal definitely drew wide-reaching attention.

The Swedish Academy which selects the awardees in the field of literature has taken care of everything without any reservation. The Academy’s message is crystal clear and enlightened.

The prizes were endowed every year supposedly on Alfred Nobel’s birthday. Deferment of the acclaimed prize in the literature has been taken up absolutely due to these causes. It is a tough thing to do, bearing in mind how the most people react to the story.