Recently (December 2018) Bharatiya Jnanpith announced its Jnanpith Award and honoured Amitav Ghosh, one of the famous contemporary Indian writers. Jnanpith Award is most prestigious and highest literary award to be conferred on a writer or poet in India. Till now 58 writers received this prestigious award some of them are Bhalchandra Nemade (2014), Krishna Sobti (2017), Raghuveer Chaudhari (2016), Ravuri Bharadhwaja (2012), to name a few. Ghosh received this award for his “outstanding contribution towards literature”, it is said in the statement released by Bharatiya Jnanpith:
“Amitav Ghosh is a path-breaking novelist. In his novels Ghosh treads through historical settings to the modern era and waves a space where the past connects with the present in relevant ways.
His fiction is endowed with extraordinary depth and substance through his academic training as a historian and a social anthropologist.”
In response to this Ghosh shared a tweet to his fans saying: “honoured and humbled”, and “this is an amazing day for me. I never thought I would find myself on this list, with some of the writers I most admire.”