NOTED HINDI writer Pushpa Bharti feels that it is essential for parents to read good books to inculcate reading habit among children. “Only then can they relate the writings to the children,” she said.
Pushpa Bharti, widow of renowned writer Dharamvir Bharti, is in Bhopal to participate as chief guest in a function at Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Mass Communication to be held on Tuesday.
On the dwindling interest of reading among the children she said, “ Why blame the children, when you hardly find parents reading anything these days? A child learns from his environment.
Books like Amar Chitra Katha were immensely popular in the past because parents themselves read them. They would first read the books themselves and then narrate them to the children. These days, things have become very materialistic. Most women are now working. The children are being neglected and are not being exposed to good culture. Radio has taken a backseat. TV has destroyed our culture. Children have an extremely fragile mind and can easy be swayed by television.
There is no censorship, no planned programmes wherein children can learn good values.’’What was the status of Hindi literature today? Even today the literary landscape is very good and some beautiful writing is being done, she said.
‘‘But the overall content has changed. Literature is a reflection of the society. It mirrors the basic values of society. But when the fundamental values of our society change, it is bound to reflect on writing also.
In the past, writers wanted to convey something to the readers, they wanted to weave something deep with the readers. I would categorise good literature as one that has the prowess to bring about a ‘positive’ change in the readers. Not that such writing does not exist today, but it is insignificant as compared to the past.