Poets seek peace through recitation of poems

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, January 1:

Senior literati urged the political parties to dare to go to the rural areas infested with war and defend helpless people to ensure peace in the country. Addressing the special meeting of poets, organised by Democratic National Youth Federation, CPN-UML central committee member Modnath Prashrit claimed both the monarch and the Maoists did not want peace and stability in the country.

If the present situation of violence continues for some more time, people will be forced to fight against the Maoist atrocities, like the women in Dullu of Dailekh, and compel the wrongdoers to kneel down, he added. People should be ready to fight against the atrocities of both the warring parties and such readiness can only help bring peace in the nation, he further said.

Some 18 poets including Purna Biram, Lalit Basnet, Bijay Subba, Sakuntala Joshi, Krishna Prasad Duwal, Sher Bahadur Tamang, Urmila Panta, Thomas Pidit, Navaraj Poudel, Garima Shah, Ram Prasad Gyawali and Dhan Kumari Sunar recited their poems. Commenting on the poems, intellect Jibendra Dev Giri said all the poets were sensitive towards the ongoing violence and their presentations were praiseworthy. He also said many poets expressed their concern over the adverse effect on the culture and traditions of the nation after the initiation of the Maoists insurgency.

President of the Progressive Writers’ Association Ananda Dev Bhatta insisted on qualitative creations that can touch the feelings of the people.