Writer Urvashi Butalia bags the Goethe Medal, an official distinction from the German Federal Republic at the annual Goethe-Institute awards. The medal is organized to “honors individuals who have displayed exceptional competence of the German language as well as in international cultural exchange”, said the organisation. Lebanese author Emily Nasrallah and Russian journalist, translator and historian, Dr Irina Lasarewna Scherbakowa joins Butalia in this win.
In an event to be conducted on August 28 in Weimar, Germany Butalia will receive the award.
She has been recognized for her various achievements in publishing, her deep engagement with marginalised social groups, and her voice of reason in the current discourse on women’s issues.
Goethe-Institute called her book, The Other Side of Silence, “one of the most influential books in South Asian studies to be published in recent decades…It emphasises the role of violence against women in the collective experience of tragedy.”