Writers, intellectuals need to tell the truth: Baragur

Writer Baragur Ramachandrappa at a State-level conference in Kalaburagi on Saturday.

Writer Baragur Ramachandrappa at a State-level conference in Kalaburagi on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Arun Kulkarni

He says it is imperative in the current climate of hostile socio-political conditions

Expressing serious concerns over the hostile socio-political conditions in the country, Kannada writer Baragur Ramachandrappa stressed the need for writers and intellectuals to tell people the truth.

He was addressing literary activists, faculty members, and students at the Mahatma Gandhi auditorium in Gulbarga University after inaugurating a State-level seminar on ‘Karnataka’s Movements: Literature and Organisation’, here on Saturday.

“Those who burn the Constitution celebrate. Those who fire bullets at the effigy of Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary feel victorious. Values such as secularism, socialism, democracy and fraternity are ridiculed. Hence, writers and intellectuals should not hesitate to tell the truth,” he said.

Disagreeing with those who divide literature on the basis of its association with social activism, the Bandaya writer held that it was an attempt to extend structural divisions in society to literature.

He argued that all Kannada writers were, to some extent, influenced by social activism.

“Writers could be broadly divided into two groups:those who were directly involved in social movements and those who maintained a distance. While Basavanna was an example for the first category, Pampa and Kuvempu are examples of the second category. But, both sets of writers are greatly influenced by movements and have intensely reflected its concerns in their works. In my opinion, such a division is an attempt to introduce a social hierarchy of superior and inferior that we see in the society in literature as well,” he said.

Gulbarga University vice-chancellor S R Niranjana and Kannada Department Head H T Pote were present.

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