03rd International Nepali Women Sahitya Sammelan CM highlights role of writers in establishing an in

Gangtok, 25 Mar (IPR):The third edition ofthe International Nepali Women Sahitya Sammelan was held today at Sikkim Manipal University with Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as the chief guest.

Addressing large gathering of litterateurs, writers, scholars from different parts of India, Nepal and other Asian countries, Mr Chamling stressed that there was need to explore organic farming more and urged the Nepali authors and poets to take up organic farming in their respective countries.

The CM said literature holdsdeep significance as it symbolizes one’s real identity and culture.

He urged the gathered scholars to preserve literature and culture to guide future generations of the world in the right direction.

He further suggested that the writers, poets, intellectuals, researchers and students keep themselves updates with new digital platforms like e-books and new technologies to keep up with the ‘ever modernizing tech era’.

He also urged Sikkimese writers, poets and researchers to write on Sikkim’s development and achievements.

“We lag behind in creating well known, intelligent and informed people in society as we still follow traditional patterns and there is need to change the people’s mindsets and make them intellectuals as also good human beings,” he added.

Talking about the Nepali community and literature, he said that writers can come up with works to help unite people and wipe out evils such as such as communalism and racismthat divide society.

On the role of women in Sikkim, the CM said that women were the pillars of the strong and united society here.

Comparing the status of women to other States of the country, Mr Chamling pointed out that Sikkimese women enjoy equal treatment as men in all sections of the society.

“Sikkim strives to be an example in spreading the virtue of women’s rights and equality throughout the country,” he said.

He also enlightened on how the State is focusing on education to make its future generation strong and well updated with the modern world.

He further spoke about the Universal Inclusive Programmescheme under which the government will open a bank account in the name of housewives and the benefits will be directly transferred to their accounts.

Earlier, Mr Chamling was felicitated by International Nepali Sahitya Society for his contribution towards literature.

During the programme, five authors were awarded for their contributions towards literature. The Chief Minister also released seven books on the occasion.

The programme was attended by Minister for Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department, Tulshi Devi Rai who is also the Chairman of the 03rd International Nepali Women Sahitya Society, Minister for Cultural Affairs and Heritage Department, G.M Gurung, International Nepali Sahitya Society President, Padam Biswakarma, litterateurs from Sikkim, Darjeeling and other states of India, Nepal and USA, students from Sikkim University, Sikkim Government College, Tadong and other educational institutes