NEW DELHI, Jan 28 – Writers, intellects, journalists and social thinkers have gathered here for a literary fest “Cultures of Peace: Festival of the North East” to introspect and analyse the differences that have created rifts giving rise to local insurgencies, demands for secession and years of internal conflict and simmering discontent.
A two-day literary festival of peace organised by Zubaan in collaboration with Heinrich Boll Foundation, aims to showcase the region’s writing and also look at the whole question of whether culture can play a proactive role in bringing about peace.
It will also allow for people, both from the North East and from outside to talk across borders and to learn from the experience of others, said Editor of Zubaan, Preeti Gill.
Over the next two days a host of prominent authors including Mamang Dai of Arunachal Pradesh, Mitra Phukan, Bijoya Sawian of Meghalaya, Rita Chowdhury, Mona Zote, a poet from Mizoram, Temsula Ao, Arupa Kalita, Ananya Guha, Aruni Kashyap, Pradip Phanjoubam and Indrani Raimedhi, among others would share their thoughts and experience and showcase their writings.
The first session was on Writing Peace, Writing Violence, which was followed by a session on ‘The words to Say It’, ‘Crossing Borders’, ‘Stories from War Zone’. An exhibition “Seven Sisters and the City” was also organised on the occasion.