Gangtok, 25 Mar : Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today called upon the Nepali community to break free from the stereotype image associated with the community and called upon Nepali littérateurs and writers to come up with literary works that will bind all the communities together.
“It is time that the Nepali Community come out of the ‘hangover’ of being brave Gorkhas and make our mark globally. Literature can play a big role in this regard. Writers can come up with works that can help in uniting the people and wiping out evils that divide us, such as casteism, communalism etc.,” stated Chamling while addressing the 3rd International Nepali Women’s Literature Conference organized by International Nepali Literary Society, Sikkim Chapter at Gangtok.
The CM in his address stressed that literature must be in tune with the present time and reflect the importance and requirement of the modern world.
“Authors and writers have to think and work in accordance with the changing time and keep themselves abreast of the ever-changing world of science and technology. It is indeed high time that we delve upon the needs of our society and endeavour towards making our contribution through our literary works. We are already lagging behind about 2000 years in education, literature and development when compared to the other developed nations of the world. We have to accept this fact and move ahead to make up for the lost time,” Chamling asserted.
The CM while highlighting the disparities and injustice being faced by the women around the world reiterated the various initiatives undertaken by the State Government to ensure the protection of women rights and their empowerment.
“When we talk of developed and civilized world, the immediate reference that comes to our mind is of ancient Greece, which is believed to have a rich legacy of civilization, philosophy, democracy etc. However, even such a great civilization did not propound women’s rights and women empowerment. Even today, in many parts of the world and in India, our women folk are yet to get their rightful dues. They are still not given equal status with their male counterparts. Many age-old customs and traditions which act as a hindrance to upliftment of women are still prevalent. In Sikkim, we have ensured that women get their natural rights and are treated with dignity and respect. Our Government has guaranteed equality in terms of employment, reservation, property rights etc. Our women folk should be happy that we have taken steps to safeguard their rights and interest without them having to ask for it,” he articulated.
“The modern world is becoming increasingly materialistic, where the price of material good is increasing and the value of human life diminishing. Man has made considerable progress in accumulating material and wealth, with increase in the comfort of life. But no progress has been made as far as increasing the amount of happiness in our life is concerned. So, literature can be used as a tool to spread the message of love and compassion. People should not only be producers of commodities but also producers of knowledge. We all should strive for intellectual development for the benefit of mankind and for the world to sustain in the days to come,” he added.
Gangtok, March 25 (IPR): The 3rd International Nepali Women Sahitya Sammelan was held today at the auditorium hall of Sikkim Manipal University where the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling was present as the chief guest of the function.
Addressing large gathering of literateurs, writers, scholars from different parts of India, Nepal and other Asian Countries, Shri Chamling stressed that there is need to explore more in organic farming and urged the Nepali authors and poets to take up organic farming in their country.
Talking about literature he said that it is of utmost importance to any place because it symbolises our real identity and culture which is embedded in history from time immemorial. Chief Minster said, “we should work together for the betterment and development of society which needs updated information as we are living in a modern and competitive world and it our responsibility to guide our future generations in the right path. He suggested to the writers, poets, intellectuals, researchers and students to update themselves with new digital means like digital book, new technologies etc and asked authors to write digital books in future as digital giants are surfacing every day. It is the need of the hour to delve into the needs of the society and work towards making contributions in the literary fields, he said. He also urged Sikkimese writers, poets and researchers to write on Sikkim’s development and achievements as the state is one of the best performing states in India and it has set examples for various states to emulate.
Shri Chamling said, “we lack behind to create well knowledgeable, intelligent and informed people in society as we are still following traditional pattern and there is need to change people’s mindset and make them intellectuals, good human being.”
Talking about the Nepali community and literature, he said that writers can come up with works that help in uniting the people and wiping out evils that divide society such as casteism, communalism etc. At the end of the day he said that material goods are worthless and eventually literature can be used as a tool to spread the message of love and harmony. Striving in intellectual development is key for society to sustain and emerge victorious.
The Chief Minister then talked about women and their roles in Sikkimese society where women get full rights and are treated with dignity and respect. “If we see other states of India, there is still traditional practices of gender inequality, discrimination against women/girls in every field but in our state, women are treated equally, they enjoy their constitutional and natural rights and enjoy greater freedom than any other place in the country. We should send message to the world that women of Sikkim are enjoying equal rights and not deprived from their constitutional rights,” Chief Minister highlighted.
He also enlightened on how the state is giving so much stress on the education sector to provide better education for the children who are the future’s of tomorrow. He further informed that the government is going to launch “Universal Inclusive Programme” under which government will open a bank account in the name of housewives and all the benefits will directly transfer to their accounts.
Earlier, Shri Pawan Chamling was felicitated by International Nepali Sahitya Society for his contribution towards literature.
During the programme, 5 authors were awarded with various awards for their contribution towards literature. The Chief Minister also released seven books on the occasion.
The programme was attended by Minister for Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department, Smt. Tulshi Devi Rai who is also the Chairman of the 3rdInternational Nepali Women Sahitya Society, Minister for Cultural Affairs and Heritage Department, Shri. G.M Gurung, International Nepali Sahitya Society President, Shri Padam Biswakarma, Literary Figures from Sikkim, Darjeeling and other states of India, Nepal and USA, students from Sikkim University, Sikkim Government College, Tadong and other school students.