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Arunachal Guv for promotion of indigenous languages


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ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor (Retd) General J J Singh has called upon the members of North East Writers’ Forum to promote writing in indigenous dialects of the region, which he believes, in turn would help in growth, promotion and preservation of these dialects. Nothing should be done, which will uproot the age old tradition and rich cultural heritage.

The Governor, who attended the valedictory function of the two-day conclave of North East Writers’ Forum at Banquet Hall here yesterday, asked them to conduct workshops in creative writing for young girls and women and create an enabling environment for women to write, tell and publish their stories.

The Governor also called for promotion of new and emerging writers and provides a forum for the expression of their talent.

”Always strive to formulate and maintain standards and behaviour of high moral virtues. Be a good role model,” he added.

Stating that meetings of the writers always provide opportunity to exchange views and create opportunities for cooperation, he expressed gratitude to NEWF for organising the conclave in Arunachal Pradesh.

Calling Arunachal Pradesh a cultural mosaic, he stressed on preservation of its traditions and culture.

While highlighting the development aspects of the state, the Governor informed that in next six to eight years, Arunachal Pradesh would be transformed into one of fast developing states in the country. He informed that by March 2012, it would be connected by railways and by October 2012, train services would start.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Prof David R Syiemlieh urged upon the writers to help the smaller communities to have their own written script, stating that written script is an identity.

Exhorting the writers to continue writing, Prof Syiemlieh said that book is a wonderful companion.

In his address, North East Writers’ Forum president Arup Dutta, who has written many novels including two on Arunachal Pradesh, called for a linking language in the state.

Comparing Arunachal Pradesh with Indonesia and stating that language is a very powerful unifying force, Dutta said, ”For a greater united psyche, we need a common language.”

Earlier, presenting the resume of the conclave, and Convener Mamang Dai who is an emminent writer said, writing is not such a lonely business as people imagine.’

She further acknowledged the friendship and encouragement of North East Writers’ Forum and its role in projecting the culture and tradition of the region. (UNI)


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