ANDHRA PRADESH

Literary bodies extend support to Arasam

VISAKHAPATNAM, AUG. 21. For the first time Vizag is hosting the State conference of Arasam (Abhyudaya Rachayitala Sangham) and for the first time a representative of Virasam, an organisation which broke away from Arasam, gave a solidarity message at the inaugural session of the State conference of the Arasam on Saturday.

Representatives of other literary organisations and political parties assured Arasam of their support in producing more progressive literature and for strengthening secularism.

The Sahruyada Sahiti president, L.R. Swamy, said selfishness was on the increase spoiling relations between people and writers are required to do their best to stop selfishness from taking root.

People's issues

A representative of the Praja Natya Mandali, K. Pratap Reddy, opined that Arasam had not played its part in full measure with regard to people's issues. This was due to the split in the organisation in the past, with Virasam branching off. However, the two organisations were coming closer for the last five years and both must strengthen the Left secular forces, he said.

Another representative of the cultural body, Puli Sambasiva Rao, wanted the Arasam conference to discuss ways to provide a new direction to the people.

Jana Sahiti's Chaya Raju, a representative of Srikakula Sahiti, Ramanaidu, Virasam's Krishna Bai and the `Prajashakti' editor, Telakalapalli Ravi, read out solidarity messages.

The Arasam vice-president, N.V. Satyanarayana, its State general secretary, Aarviaar, and the CPI State committee's assistant secretary, K. Narayana, also spoke.A stall of Arasam publications was opened by the former MLA, Manam Anjaneyulu.