BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, December 31: It is said that writers/littérateurs see the world from a different perspective. In 2014, although Assam witnessed one of the macabre incidents in the form of rebel violence in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts, some of the well known and celebrated writers/littérateurs in the State have expressed their optimism and said good days are ahead as majority of people in Assam want peace and brotherhood. The Sentinel talks to a cross–section of these people to know what the 2015 has in store for the State.
Arupa Patangia Kalita, Sahitya Akademi Award winner:
Assamese writers are passing through a difficult phase. But the writers in the State have to face the situation boldly. The creations of the writers should reflect their life experience and struggle. The future of the Assamese writers depends on themselves.
As far as my experience goes, writers must look into people’s lives very closely and then only, they will be able to deliver good works.
I also hope that 2015 will usher in peace in the State.
Imran Shah, Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX) president:
Peace is a must to make progress in today’s world. We must overcome all problems to attain ever lasting peace. To achieve it, we need brotherhood and must proceed together.
I hope that the New Year (2015) will bring in the spirit of unity among all sections of people in the State. Peace will prevail in the New Year and we will be able to defeat evil forces with all our might.
Rong Bong Terang, Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX) ex–president:
2014’s events saddened me. We must strengthen the spirit of unity and brotherhood among all sections of people in the State. We must use the power of our culture and literature to keep our people together.
Any form of violence should not be tolerated in the State.
The present State government has disappointed us in 2014. I hope that the government will do something constructive in 2015 so that peace prevails in the State.
I am hopeful that people of the State will work together in 2015 to maintain peace. The year 2014 witnessed unrest and bloodshed. Assam never earlier witnessed a bloodshed like in 2014.
We must work together for the State’s prosperity and overall progress.
Radhika Mohan Bhagawati, renowned jourlist:
2014’s events frustrate me. The State of Assam is now passing through a very critical stage. We must take it as a challenge. The government should take all measures to maintain peace in the State. In this regard, common people have a great role to play.
I am really happy that people have become conscious about the mece of terrorism. This is a good sign, a sign of hope.