Condoling the death of Jnanpith awardee U R Ananthmurthy, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday described the renowned writer as a remarkable human being.
She said that the void created by his demise in the Indian literary space and social conscience will be hard to fill.
In his condolence message, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that he was deeply saddened to hear of Ananthmurthy passing away.
“We have lost in him a world renowned writer, an educationist and a thinker,” Rahul said.
“He contributed immensely not just to Kannada literature but brought great wisdom and insight to some of the most pressing national issues. His loss will be deeply mourned. My prayers are with his families,” he added.
CPI(M) also mourned the death of renowned writer and social activist U R Ananthamurthy, saying he had created a style of writing with social relevance and was “an intellectual of great calibre.”
“A socialist by conviction, Ananthamurthy was a firm advocate of secular values, pluralist culture and social justice. In his death, the country has lost a public intellectual of great calibre,” the CPI (M) Politburo said in a condolence message here.
Extending condolences to his wife, daughter and son, the party said Ananthamurthy had “created a style of writing with social relevance in Kannada which had a big impact on Indian literature.”