Congress Member of Parliament (MP) Shashi Tharoor has won the prestigious Sahtiya Akademi Award for his book, An Era of Darkness. The academy on Wednesday announced its winners for this year, which consist of seven books of poetry, four novels, six short stories, 3 non-fiction books and three essays.
The senior Congress leader became awarded in the non-fiction genre. An Era of Darkness is about the impact of British colonial rule on India and, in line with the book’s blurb, examines “the many ways in which the colonizers exploited India, starting from the drain of national sources to Britain, the destruction of the Indian textile, steel-making and delivery industries, and the terrible transformation of agriculture”.
The award, based in 1954, recognises the “most superb books of literary merit published in any of the important Indian languages recognised by means of the Akademi”, in line with its website. The award comes with an engraved copper plaque, a scarf and a cheque for Rs 1 lakh. The awards can be offered at a function on February 25, 2020 in New Delhi.
Tharoor is the author of a number of books, which include novels including Riot and The Great Indian Novel and narrative no-fiction including Why I am a Hindu and The Paradoxical Prime Minister.