‘Writers induce sanity’ says VP Ansari at Lit Festival

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New Delhi : Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari inaugurated ‘Times litfest’ at Maidens Hotel in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo

New Delhi : Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari inaugurated ‘Times litfest’ at Maidens Hotel in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo

India’s unmatched diversity of literary traditions reflects its plural ethos, Vice President Hamid Ansari said on Saturday even as he emphasised on the critical role of writers and narrators in “inducing sanity in an increasingly maddening world”.

Speaking at the ‘Delhi Literature Festival’, organised by The Times of India Hamid Ansari said “this is reflective of our plural ethos that has accommodated and enriched a wide variety of impulses and influences”. A well-developed literary tradition is the hallmark of every civilisation, he said, adding India has an unmatched diversity of literary traditions in many languages and cultural patterns.

The Vice President said the sense of unity that pervades the fabric of Indian society is intangible. “It is reflective of a continuum from the traditional to the modern and post-modern, in prose, poetry and the multiplicity of oral narratives,” he added.

Writers and narrators being inheritors of a very rich legacy, he said that “their role in inducing sanity in an increasingly maddening world would remain critical”.

It was emphasised by Ansari that the event is a people’s festival covering an entire spectrum of ideas from scholarship to social media, from high art to street expressions, from ‘dastaan-goi’ to budding novelists, from films to sports. The festival, he said, aspires to be a bridge between ivory tower and the town hall.

The Times Lit Fest of Delhi is an event that bring people from differnt walks of life under one roof to discuss the entire spectrum of ideas ranging from social media to scholarship, high art to street expressions, films to sport and politicians to aam aadmi as detailed in the event’s website.

(With inputs from the PTI)