Though Arunachal Pradesh has been following NCERT text books but steps would be taken soon to print school books on enchanting natural beauty, history, rich cultural heritage for the students to know their state and its uniqueness, Education Minister Honchun Ngandam announced today.
In his address to 11th foundation celebration of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) at J N State Museum here as chief guest, Ngandam gave this commitment while responding to plea of APLS president Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, publicity secretary Pradeep Kumar & AGS Mukul Pathak.
Announcing that literary activities would be made mandatory in schools on every Saturday, he disclosed that he has already directed the department to republish the book Donyi-Polo aasman se kuch to bolo and on moral education which were in circulation in the past.
Expressing his dismay as to why these books were withdrawn from circulation, he said the young students hardly know anything about the state and without moral education have gone wayward and become undisciplined. Thus, he advocated behavioural change as the need of the hour, saying he has also exhorted all senior district officers including DCs, SPs, DMOs, DFOs etc to take weekly awareness programmes in all education institutions. The teachers alone should not be left to teach as it is a joint responsibility of the society, he reasoned.
Novel, short stories, poem, news and even painting keep records of social activities, he said terming all of them as historians. Changing young mindset through proper education alone could herald the most desired change, he argued.
Appreciating the APLS for immensely contributing to welfare of the state and humanity but hardly known to the masses who are not keen book readers, he said the social brought by Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore and Swami Vivekanada through their poems/writings are well known while some author was instrumental in springing up Russian revolution.
Appreciating former research director Parul Dutt for his book on Wancho, he informed about his yet to be published small book on Wanchos. Thus being a voracious reader, he desired to be an APLS member to the applause of the gathering.
Stressing the need for prevailing multi party political system, the cause various avoidable problems, he suggested for debate to bring the changes. He assured to take up with the GoAP on a plea for setting up of a publication department to encourage and print creations of state’s numerous upcoming writers & poets.
APLS honoured Assamese literary giant Gnan Pujari, who was conferred Sahitya Academy Award-2017 in recognition for his five poetry books, translating few famous dramas including Chandrachur (Assamese) from dramatist Habib Tanvir’s original Hindi drama Charandas Chor, state’s litterateur Dr. Jamuna Bini Tadar for getting PhD from RGU on her thesis ‘A comparative study on plays of Mohan Rakesh and Girish Karnad’ and published in as a book – Do Rangpurush-Mohan Rakesh:Girish Karnad -, first book by any Arunachalee on literary criticism and Taro Sindik, Kamki Donyi-Polo Govt College assistant professor, who received Sahitya Academy Yuva Puraskar-2017 for his Hindi poem book Akshero Ki Vinti. Sindik failed to run up due to ill health.
Mishmi-land Musings, an anthropology of creative writings of Lohit Youth Library, Voice of Silence, a resonance of love, an English poem book by Nabam Serbang and Na Themose Hokgo, a poetry book in Bishnupuriya by journalist Ranjit Sinha were released by Ngandam, Thongchi & APLS working president Dr Tage Tada.
Applauding school students Bialu Kri & Kishalu Kri, who recited their self written lively and lucid short stories, Thongchi, in his address, said that they would become noted short story writers in future if they maintain their tempo. There creativity are seeds today and yield fruits tomorrow. He termed Sabang as APLS dicovery whose poems are lucid and heart toouching while made specail mention of a teacher who was instrumental for library movement in Lohit district which has spread to Namsai and Anjaw disricts too.
Regreting that today’s GenNext are linked to the world through mobile but bereft of knowledge for neglecting book reading, which holds key to earning knowledge, he advised them.
Pujari, in his address as guest of honour, described his attendace like a dream come true which would go down the memory lane. Poem is a medium of expression, he said while reciting noted poet Ajit Baruah’s Parijat Fool. His one after another recitation of famous Indian and forengin poets proved how poetry reflects the society and human activities.
Speaking on Tumpak Ete memorial lecture earlier, RGU Hindi assistant Prof Viswajeet Kumar Mishra said that Indian literature should not be limited to single language and NE India is the proof for enriching national literature through multi-lingual contributions.
Literature should neither be divided or politicised as it has been contributing to humanity since inception of humanity, he said, adding literature has brought new revolution by endearing a particularly section of society that reflected its influencing capacity.
Quoting Supreme Court 2014 verdict ruled that eunuch should be addressed as third gender, he stressed on giving justice to all sections of society without any discrimination which literature very often highlights.
APLS general secretary-cum-research director Batem Pertim and Dr Tada also spoke.