Minster of State for Culture Nanubhai Vanani Tuesday said the government and people are duty bound to sustain languages as tools for ensuring cultural integrity and strengthen them by honouring their authors. He was addressing an awards distribution function of Gujarat Urdu Sahitya Academy here on Tuesday. He said language was inseparable part of a culture and it was peculiar of Indian culture that it never treated any language and culture as outsiders. “In the Indian context, the beauty of this nation is that its civilisation knows no boundaries.”
“Like an attempt to split waters would definitely fail, any attempt to separate unity of cultures would amount to perversion which could not replace culture, he said. He said that the government has not obliged writers of Urdu by awarding them, but it was duty-bound to promote every language. He said that a language was not linked to community though a larger section might be using it as a medium of expression.
Later, the minister handed over Sahitya Gaurav awards to five Urdu authors and poets nominated form 2010 to 2014. They are Vasim Malik (2010), M A Abbasi (2011), Shakil Azmi (2012), Nisar Ahmed Ansari (2013), Musafir Palanpuri (2014). M G Bombaywala, advisor to Academy on selection of winners, said it was heartening to see as many as five Gaurav awards and 11 other prizes in a single programme after a long time. He thanked Academy president Bhagyesh Jha profusely for the bold initiative of awarding writers living in far-off places.
Jha said the medium of language helped in creating an atmosphere of harmony in the society in different region. He claimed that the Academy was autonomous and working in tandem with various experts. Interestingly, writer Harsh Brahmbhatt, who is a nominee for award, has declined to accept the award in protest against lack of autonomy in the Academy.