Controversy over writer Ashitha’s interview: Brother refutes statements; colleagues support
A controversy erupted after late writer Ashitha’s brother Santhosh Nair published a note of disagreement in a leading Malayalam daily regarding the interview of Ashitha published by Mathrubhumi Books. He alleged that she was suffering from schizophrenia since a very young age and was trapped in the imaginary world she created.
He rejected the shocking revelations regarding the torture Ashitha faced from parents. He added that the statements regarding the family were false and all of them only supported her. Santhosh Nair said that the interview defames their late father and mother who is 90 years old. The book turned out to be a shock for their family, relatives and other acquaintances.
The interview ‘Athu Njanayirunnu’ was published based on the long conversation between Ashitha and Shihabuddin Poythumkadavu. The readers were literally stunned to know how brutally the writer was harassed since her childhood. Soon after the interview was published, Ashitha passed away on March 27.
Writers Balachandran Chullikkadu and Shihabuddin Poythumkadavu also came up with response to the note written by Santhosh Nair. They claimed that Ashitha’s brother could have expressed his disagreement when she was alive after the interview was published. He raised the allegations only after she died as there is nobody to refute his statements now.
Balachandran Chullikkadu and Ashitha were collegemates in Ernakulam Maharaja’s College. He said that the interview was only a soft version of what she told him during their college days. He added that raising allegations of mental disease against a late person without proper evidences is a crime. He also said that nobody who knows Ashitha personally can believe her brother’s statement.
Shihabuddin Poythumkadavu who did the controversial interview with Ashitha said that the only mistake yet to be done to Ashitha was to reject her statements as lie and call her crazy. The mistake is committed now. The readers have started coming back to her writing on knowing her life. He also asked why her brother did not have the courage to reject her statements when she was alive.