On Sunday, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan will have to answer some tough questions on the decline of Marathi language and culture.
As part of the 84th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan that will be held in Thane from December 25, six representatives including Chavan and chief editor of Marathi channel Star Majha, Rajiv Khandekar, will face a mock trial on the decline of Marathi language.
Journalist Nitin Kelkar will cross-examine the six ‘accused’ on their role to stem the decline of Marathi.
“We wanted to make it a live debate to reach the masses easily. This session will highlight the social, political, cultural and educational aspects of the language,” said Kelkar.
The organisers pointed out that this year threw up several issues regarding the deteriorating state of Marathi language; Marathi schools are fighting for aid while the ‘Marathi Manoos’ has been a vital political issue.
The three-day literary meet will offer a stage to writers and thinkers to discuss the future of the Marathi language.
December 25 On Day 1 of the three-day meet, a session titled, ‘What have you gained and lost by not studying in Marathi medium?’ will have Maharashtrian parents, who studied in Marathi medium schools but send their children to English medium schools, discuss their experiences.
Dalit writer and a member of the Planning Commission and National Advisory Council, Narendra Jadhav, will chair the session. “As a parent I have always managed to make my children read and write in Marathi even if they study in English medium school. I believe it depends on parents and their attitude towards Marathi language,” said writer and editor of Mouj Prakashan, Monika Gajendragadkar, one of the speakers.
The meet will also focus on ‘Globalization and its effect on rural Maharashtra and Marathi language’.
“Rural Maharashtra is facing grave issues such as farmer suicides, climatic changes and the encroachment by multi-national corporations. It’s the responsibility of writers to speak out on such issues,” said writer and journalist, Uttam Kambale, president of the literary meet.
Thane resident Anand Gadgil, 42, is looking forward to the meet.
“They have selected vital issues to be discussed in an interactive way and it will definitely help us find solutions to problems that Marathi is facing,” he said.