New Delhi, December 1: We must respect, preserve and propagate mother tongues, native and indigenous languages. This was said by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday while addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Centenary Celebrations of the Assam Sahitya Sabha in New Delhi.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu quoted Mahatma Gandhi as saying, “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people”. He further said that similarly, literature not only encapsulates the fertile imagination of the writers and poets but also reflects the realities of a society. It holds a mirror to the social mores, culture, ills and all that is good in a society, he added.
The Vice President, on this occasion, also complimented the Sabha for having published more than 10,000 books since its formation and also for playing a key role in the publication of Assamese dictionary ‘Chandrakanta Abhidan’.
The Vice President, in the end, expressed happiness that Asam Sahitya Sabha has taken up the initiative to set up Assam Cultural University as an ambitious project to conduct studies on the cultural traits of various communities in India and South East Asia. He complimented the Sabha for working on ‘Encyclopedia of the Writers of Assam’ and ‘Encyclopedia of Tea & Tea Communities of Assam’.