Literature Current Affairs - 2020

Asia’s Nobel Prize-Ramon Magsaysay Awards cancelled

A Manila, Philippines based foundation that gives out Ramon Magsaysay Award announced that the awards are being cancelled due to COVID-19.

Highlights

The Ramon Magsaysay Award has been cancelled thrice in 6 decades. The awards were cancelled for the first time in 1970 due to financial crisis. It was cancelled again in 1990 due to disastrous earthquake. The award has been named after a popular Philippine president that died in a plane crash in 1957.

About the Award

The award is considered as the Nobel Prize of Asia. It was established in 1957. The Award recognizes and honours individuals that have achieved distinction in their field and help others generously.

The Award has been given in five categories namely journalism, government service, public service, literature and creative communication

Ramon Magsaysay

Magsaysay became the president of Philippines in 1953. The administration years of Magsaysay are cited as Golden Years of Philippines. He was well known for his generosity and agrarian reforms.

Former Rajya Sabha member and veteran journalist Patil Puttappa passes away

On March 17, 2020, the veteran journalist and Rajya Sabha member Patil Puttappa passed away at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS). He died due to age related ailments.

About Patil Puttappa

Puttappa represented the state of Karnataka for two terms. He was a hardcore Kannada activist, popular writer and a journalist. He was the founder and editor of the weekly magazine “Prapancha”. He actively participated in the freedom struggle. He was also the president of Kannada Watchdog Committee. He was also the founder president of Border Advisory Committee. He was fondly called “Papu”.

Contribution to Literature

Puttappa has authored several Kannada language books such as Kavi Lekhakaru, Neevu Nagabeku,, Karnataka Sangeetha Kalaratnaru, etc.

Awards

The Legend has also received several awards. It includes Nadoja award, Wooday award and Nrupatunga award.

Freedom fights and unification of Kannadigas

At the time of independence Puttappa was in the forefront demanding unification of areas of Kannadigas. Kannadigas are the group of people who speak the language of Kannada. There are several places that project the claim of Kannadigas over the land. Some of them are included in UNESCO World Heritage sites as well. Some of such UNESCO World Heritage sites are Ellora caves, Ajanta caves, elephanta caves, Konark sun temple, etc.