From our Staff Correspondent
DIBRUGARH, January 5: The president of Axam Xahitya Xabha, Imran Shah, formally released the 100th edition of the mouthpiece of Sri Marwari tya Samity (SMNS), Jagriti, at Motilal Jitani Bhawan here on Sunday.
Shah, in his speech, called on the Marwari community to devote themselves to more literary activities. He felt that literature and culture could bring the different communities on one platform and help in establishing cordial relations among people.
Renowned Assamese translator and writer, Devi Prasad Bagrodia, who graced the occasion as honoured guest, in his deliberation also stressed nurturing literary talents. “We should dedicate ourselves to more literary work as the community has only a handful of writers,” he added.
Noted writer and prominent jourlist of Dhemaji, Umesh Khandeliya, was present at the meeting. In his address, he called upon the members of the community to work for the prosperity of the State. He further stated that the Marwari community, who came to undivided
Assam as businessmen and in the course of time assimilated with the local people by adopting the Assamese language and culture as their own, contribute generously for the welfare and development of the region. “We feel hurt when we are called outsiders” he lamented.
Khandeliya suggested that the Samittee should convene a meeting with representatives of indigenous groups and work to forge a bond with them. “There can be no society without literature and literary works are the reflection of society. We must become more active on the literary front,” he added.
The editor of the souvenir, Om Prakash Sarma also spoke on the occasion. The meeting was presided over by SMNS president, Raj Kumar Agarwall. Earlier, the SMNS secretary, Lakhi Jadeja welcomed the guests.