Ministry of Culture01-November, 2004 15:56 IST
Sahitya Akademi should review policies, practices and approaches to optimise benefits of globalization to indian writers: Reddy
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh today inaugurated the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Sahitya Akademi. On the occasion he also presented Sahitya Akademi Fellowships and Golden Jubilee Awards. Prestigious fellowships of the Akedemi were conferred on most eminent writers, Prof. E.P. Chelyshev (Honorary), Prof. U. R. Anantha Murthy, Sh. Sankha Ghosh, Sh. Vijay Dan Detha, Prof. B. H. Krishnamurthi and Ms. Amrita Pritam. The celebrated Marathi poet Sh. Namdeo Dhasal was honoured with the Life Time Achievement Award. Young Writers’ Awards were presented to Sh. Mandakranta Sen, Sh. Ranjit Hoskote, Sh. Neelakshi Singh, Sh. Abdul Rasheed and Sh. S. Sithara

The Prime Minister also felicitated the Existing Fellows of the Akademi including Qurratulain Hyder, Govind Vinayak Karandikar, Krishna Sobti, Vidya Niwas Misra, D. Jayakanthan, N. Khelchandra Singh, Gunturu Seshendra Sharma, Nilmani Phookan and. G. C. Pande.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Culture, Shri S. Jaipal Reddy said the Akademi should realize new opportunities and challenges of an increasingly globalizing world. He said ideas technology and capital were moving across national boundaries with unprecedented ease and speed. Policies, practices and approaches followed so far may need to be reviewed to optimize the benefits of globalization and technology so that Indian writers benefit and our literature finds global acclaim, he said.

Shri Reddy said that the challenge of Sahitya Akademi assumes critical importance considering the mosaic of linguistic plurality. By thoughtful publications and special projects, Sahitya Akademi has succeeded in bringing together literatures of various Indian languages as individual strands to weave the tapestry of the great Indian literature.

In his welcome address, Prof. Gopi Chand Narang said the Akedemi established in 1954 has been working to create unified consciousness in writing and encourage young writers. It has remained committed to the plurality of Indian culture.
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