Embittered and possibly annoyed by the vitriolic nature of the objections from certain groups S Hareesh declared that he is withdrawing his novel ‘Meesa’ from Mathrubhumi Weekly. He had received threats from various organizations and acts to insult his family members which had resulted in this withdrawal of novel. Hareesh is a recipient of Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award.
The controversy started when certain centre propagated a dialogue between two characters in his novel through social media pointing that the dialogues are against the believers.
Meesa portrays the caste defined life before half a century in Kerala on the backdrop of Dalit environment.