Unsatisfied from the writers of this age and worried for the fate of Punjab, famous Punjabi writer Jaswant Kanwal went into tears at a literary function organized by the National Book Trust (NBT) in Bathinda on Saturday evening.
Sahitya Akademy award winner, Kanwal was here to attend the 'writer meet' function organised by the NBT as a part of ongoing Book Festival in the Punjab University regional campus Bathinda. However, Kanwal spoke not a single word about himself in the function.
"If your literature lacks truth then there is no use of writing such literature. Punjabi writers are not taking the responsibilities to address the problems of Punjab. Rather they are obsessed with their ego," Said angry Kanwal.
"United Nation has listed Punjabi civilisation in one of the 325 civilisation across the world which will not enter into next century. Our civilisation is supposed to die in 100 years. It seems inevitable as our writers are sleeping," Said Jaswant.
He said, "No writer dares to speak truth against the system that is pushing Punjabi culture towards to apparent death. Punjab need a hero and writers are supposed to create the environment for that."
"Nobody is writing about the political uproar in Punjab. what is use of writing fiction if it does not carry the truth and reality of your times. Songs and poems will not be worthy until they addresses the problems of this era," Said Kanwal.
Kanwal accused political parties for running Punjab. "Congress has betrayed Punjab and I do not believe any Akali leader. Both parties have given nothing to the Punjab. Both have just looted it," Said Kanwal while daring writers to write on the political arena of the state. He termed communist parties among those which ran away from the idea of revolution.
"I am carrying so much pain inside. Please do something for Punjab if you can," said Kanwal to his audience in pin drop silence and then he break into tears.