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Green-inspired Muse

IT WAS a unique attempt. At a literary seminar organised by the Bharatiya Lekhika Parishad at Lucknow Zoo on Saturday, women writers discussed protection of the environment. The seminar was organised to create awareness about the environment among the writers and intellectuals. Speaking on the occasion, Lucknow Zoo director Eva Sharma urged writers to work for protection of the environment and animals.

india Updated: Jul 16, 2006 00:13 IST

IT WAS a unique attempt. At a literary seminar organised by the Bharatiya Lekhika Parishad at Lucknow Zoo on Saturday, women writers discussed protection of the environment. The seminar was organised to create awareness about the environment among the writers and intellectuals. Speaking on the occasion, Lucknow Zoo director Eva Sharma urged writers to work for protection of the environment and animals.

She said, “ This is for the first time a seminar is being organised as part of the ongoing ‘Van Mahotsav’—a tradition begun by late KM Munshi in 1950, to create awareness about environment conservation and wildlife protection. Women have always been more concerned about the environment and wildlife. In India, environment conservation is as old as its culture. Since Vedic times, our saints have laid out specific guidelines for protecting the environment and wildlife. In the Maurya Kingodm, hunting of animals was not allowed.”

She added, “During those days rules were strictly followed but today, despite a law against poaching, wildlife is not protected. Animals like lions, tigers, elephants and hippos are on the verge of extinction. It’s for the writers and intellectuals to start a campaign against such killings and educate the masses about the importance of wildlife.”

Noted literary figure Dr Rama Singh said, “Wildlife and environment have been source of poetry since the times of Valmiki who is called the ‘adi kavi’. Valmiki has described Nature and animals in his Ramayana.”

Some beautiful poems on the environment and wildlife conservation were also read out on the occasion by Dr Usha Rai, Shanti Sahai ‘Nalini’, Salma Hijab, Rani Saroj Gaurhari, Bhavna Maurya, Manjusha Srivastava, Sushila Puri, Pragya Pandey, Nirja Dwivedi, Anjana Mishra and Shobha Vajpayee.  

A short kit on the importance of environment and animal protection was also presented at the seminar.