GUWAHATI, Feb 20 - Senior journalist DN Chakravartty today said that while there had been an explosion in the publication of books in English and Hindi in India, the rate of publication of Assamese books failed to stand fairly in comparison to English, Hindi, Bengali and South Indian languages.
Chakravartty, however, added that it was to the credit of the Assamese writers like Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia and Saurav Chaliha that Assamese short story had been raised to a standard far higher than those of most of the languages of the country.
Chakravartty was releasing a book Jonakot Jilika Phool, a short story compilation by author Dr Jagadindra Roy Choudhury, at a function organised under the aegis of Shishu Sahitya Uttaran at Guwahati Press Club.
Giving a comparative picture of contemporary Indian literature, Chakravartty said that the largest number of books now published in India were in English and Hindi, while the South Indian languages had now surpassed Bengali, which dominated India’s book market throughout the British administration and up to the last century.
Referring to the developments taking place in Assamese literature, Chakravartty said that the epoch-making monthly magazines Awahan and Ramdhenu had produced a large number of Assamese writers, including woman writers, many of whose writings could compete favourably with those in the more literature-rich languages of the world.
VB Pyarelal, Additional Chief Secretary, Assam, who also addressed the meeting, complimented the Assamese writers for their efforts in enriching the language and literature of Assam.
Guwahati Press Club general secretary Nava Thakuria, in his speech, said that in spite of developments and innovations in the electronic media, the book market was still reigning supreme for its eternal appeal and its value across time and space.
Another book on children poetry by Dipankar Deka was released at the function.
Earlier, Shishu Sahitya Uttaran secretary Dilip Sarma welcomed the guests.