Noted English writer Amitav Ghosh was on December 14, 2018 honoured with 54th Jnanpith Award, a literary award given to an author for “outstanding contribution towards literature”.
The decision was taken during a meeting of Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by eminent novelist, scholar and Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray.
Late human rights activist, Asma Jahangir was on December 18, 2018 awarded with the UN Human Rights Prize 2018, posthumously. Jahangir was chosen for the prize along with three other including Rebeca Gyumi of Tanzania, Brazil’s first indigenous lawyer JoeniaWapichana and Ireland’s human rights organisation Front Line Defenders.
India’s national academy of letters, SahityaAkademi on December 6, 2018 announced the annual ‘SahityaAkademi Awards 2018’, recognising the literary works of 24 writers in 24 different Indian languages.
Seven books of poetry, six novels, six short stories, three of literary criticism and two of essays won the SahityaAkademi Awards 2018.