Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday presented the 50th Jnanpith award to renowned Marathi novelist Prof. Bhalchandra Nemade in New Delhi.
Speaking after the presenting the 50th Jnanpith Award to Prof. Nemade, the Prime Minister said that creative writing has the capacity to touch lives of several generations. He reiterated that solutions to the problems of global warming and climate change, which the world is debating today, can be found in the Vedas.
He also emphasized the combination of wisdom (Saraswati) and prosperity (Lakshmi) as the key to India’s progress.
Praising the writing of Prof. Bhalchandra Nemade, the Prime Minister compared his views with those of Shri Aurobindo. He said the works of Prof. Nemade will inspire several generations. The Prime Minister emphasized that literature is extremely important in the current age of technology.
The Prime Minister regretted the declining interest in books and reading. He said people must ensure a special place for books in their homes. He recalled the “Vaanche Gujarat” (Read Gujarat) initiative that he had launched when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Praising authors on the social media, PM Modi tweeted that a publisher can think of papers but an author thinks of an era.
Eminent Marathi litterateur Bhalchandra Nemade, whose 1963 novel Kosala(Cocoon) changed the dimensions of Marathi novel, was on Friday selected for 2014 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour in India, by the Jnanpith Selection Board.
Nemade is also the author main renowned novels like Hool, Bidar (1967), Zarila (1977) and Zhool (1979) and poetry volumes,Dekhni and Melody to his credit among other critical essays.
Nemade is the fourth Marathi writer to win the literary honour after VS Khandekar in 1974, VV Shirwadkar alias Kusumagraj in 1988, and Govind Karandikar alias Vinda Karandikar in 2003.