"Controversies didn't change me, my writing did," S. Hareesh was quoted as saying while asked to speak on 'Kerala after Meesa' during the final day of KLF 2019. The crowd once again witnessed a vibrant session.
S. Hareesh had earlier withdrawn his story, Meesa, serialised in the weekly magazine, Mathrubhumi, following threats from the right wing extremist groups. The discussion went to another level when Kamal Ram Sajeev criticised the role of Mathrubhumi in the controversy. S. Hareesh concluded by saying, “If the Supreme Court verdict was not in favour of me, Meesa would have been more popular among the public."