The New Indian Express reports:
The 18-day protests over controversial Tamil novel, Madhorubhagan, on Monday ended with its author Perumal Murugan tendering an unconditional apology for “hurting the sentiments of the people of Tiruchengode”. He also decided to withdraw all his novels, short stories, essays and poems published so far. He said he would compensate the publishers. He told Express that he made the decision fearing protests in the future against his published work.
The Hindu has a report saying that Murugan has decided to give up writing altogether.
"Perumal Murugan, the writer is dead. As he is no God, he is not going to resurrect himself. He also has no faith in rebirth. An ordinary teacher, he will live as P. Murugan. Leave him alone" he has posted on his Facebook account.
Earlier, Outlook had pointed out the author's travails as he was facing protests for his gentle portrayal of the miseries of a childless couple.
We also carried an interview with Kannan Sundaram, the publisher of the book.