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The challenges before the Writers’ Forum


By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

In the recent times if there has been a noticeable activity it is the establishment of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum in Guwahati, Assam. The Forum since its inception has come out with litany of activities and meetings.

So far the Forum has finalized to organize a seminar and to publish a half-yearly journal. It is worth to notice that these decisions have come in such a short period of time which is itself an achievement for the Forum. But speedy decisions don’t mean it is go-starter.

Many times, and it has been seen very often, the early frantic activity goes down with the wear and tear of time, and with the pull-and-push of the concerned persons who are in the helm of the affair. It is unfortunate that the Forum had to undergo all the tests that a social body usually goes.

At this initial stage of the Forum, it would be premature to presume what will be the course of the Forum in the coming days. However, the ground reality gives a signal that general mass whether from Bishnupriya Manipuri or from other communities are to some extent skeptical to the very idea of “social body”, “political party” or any type of association. It is a bitter truth that people are fed up with any sort of associations. The foremost reasons are their fragile ideals, hollow visions and non-transparency nature of their system. They lack credibility and authenticity. People don’t see any constructive role and fruitful results emerging out of them.

But positive attitude makes one hopeful. Definitely, the Forum could play a pivotal role in the life of the people and for the society. To fulfill its aims and goals, the Forum has to cater the needs of the young generation which is tomorrow’s future and the carrier of the culture. Amalgamation of wisdom of the old generation and vigor of the new generation is the need of the present time. It would be the success recipe for the Forum.

One thing has to be kept in our mind that writers are universal citizens. They are not confined to any geographical, regional and linguistic barriers. They play a very significant role in the upbringing of the society and enriching it with their creativity. The Forum should encourage writers to write on topics of universal appeal with the flavor of native taste, culture and tradition.

It should work to bring the young writing talents forth. The Writers’ forum should give proper guidance and knowledge on the whole concept of writing, various forms of writing and media of writing like web, television, radio, print etc. So that young and experienced writers can discuss, share and collaborate with each other and produce quality products.

There would be many challenges to meet with. Now it is the onus of the Forum to cherish its visions and work for the fulfillment of those.

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