The Central Punjabi Writers' Association (CPWA) and Punjabi Sahit Academy (PSA) organised a seminar on how associations of Punjabi writers and culture could help in boosting the status of Punjabi language, literature, culture at Punjabi Bhawan here on Sunday.
More than 100 writers, poets, social activists and educationists from various areas of the state participated in the seminar.
PSA president Sukhdev Singh Sirsa and former president of the association Gurbhajan Singh Gill said the Punjab government failed to pass the Punjabi Language Act and the Library Act. “It is shameful that Punjabi Sahit Academy with the support of several other writers' associations raised the issue of language and library acts but it failed to move the Punjab government,” they said.
Sirsa and Gill said: “According to the language act announced in 2008, Punjabi should be an obligatory subject till Class 10 in all schools and as per the library act which has not been announced so far, there must be free libraries especially in rural pockets of the state.”
CPWA general secretary Karamjit Singh said the writers' associations had been requesting the state government at various echelons to help Punjabi achieve its status.
Sushil Dosanjh, a writer, said: “When any writer joins a writing association, he gets a bigger canvas to show his work and gets more motivation in the world of association. However, there is a need for all writer and cultural groups and organisations to raise the number especially by including youngsters who hold passion for writing.”
Pyara Singh Bhogal, president, Punjab Jagriti Manch Jalandhar, said: “We as writers must ensure that each word we write should be able to show the world a right direction.”
PSA gives books to guests in place of mementos
Gurbhajan Gill, former president, PSA, said: “This time we have distributed special set of books among our guests of honour rather than mementos. Books fortify minds at its best while mementos may not help much. Hope everyone follows the tradition.”