‘Literature and culture of neglected communities: Challenges and possibilities’ begins
‘These differences prevailed during the Vedic times’
‘They are in vogue in today’s civilised society too’
Belgaum: Writer and Head of Kannada Department of Karnatak University K.R. Durgadas has urged intellectuals to realise that the socio-economic and cultural differences, which prevailed during the Vedic times, continued to be in vogue in the present “civilised society” too.
He was addressing a gathering of writers and students showing keen interest in Kannada literature, after inaugurating a two-day seminar on “Literature and culture of neglected communities: Challenges and possibilities” at the Jain College here on Thursday.
The seminar was organised by the Karnataka Sahitya Academy and the Kannada and Culture Department in association with Jain College.
It was only ironical that the both the main speakers at the inaugural function, Dr. Durgadas and senior writer Chandrakant Kusnoor, made some general observations on “neglected communities” with historical perspective, without speaking about the challenges and possibilities — part of the topic, “Literature and culture of neglected communities: Challenges and possibilities”.
Dr. Durgadas observed that the exploitation of several communities, which were victims of neglect since the Vedic times, faced similar situation even today.
The visible change was in the form of exploitation and negligence.
Agricultural and industrial workers who formed a majority of the population continued to be exploited and neglected under the prevailing system. This was despite the fact that these workers were the real producers of wealth.
Mr. Kusnoor spoke on similar lines and observed that he failed to see any change in the living conditions of the communities which were considered as exploited and neglected.
Earlier, academy’s Member-Convener Shivanand Kelginmani disapproved of views questioning the need to pick a topic for the seminar and sought to stress that globalisation was changing views and perceptions as also lifestyles posing direct and indirect threat to native cultural identities.
Perhaps, the need to protect cultural identities of a large number of native communities, mainly tribal people or adivasis, was not felt so much in the past as much as it was today.
Many cultural and traditional practices were under threat due to the impact of changing economic activities and they need to be protected even while working towards improvement of their living conditions of the communities concerned, he said.
Academy registrar Mallikarjun Swamy highlighted the activities of the academy.
Jain Group of Institutions director R.G. Dharwadkar and Jain College principal Sandeep Nair were present.