Teachers for Intervention in Education (TIE), Punjabi University, and Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana, in association with literary periodical Hashiya Lok organised the first Ravinder Singh Ravi Memorial Lecture on 'Literature and Social Consciousness in the Context of Dalit Movement and Marxism' on Tuesday.
Hindi literary critic Chauthi Ram Yadav, professor of eminence, Kashi Hindu University, Varanasi delivered the lecture in the Arts Auditorium.
Professor Yadav said that the dominant note of creative writing in Indian languages, particularly since the Sant and Sufi traditions, has been one of resistance to social and economic injustice.
He added that women's writing and Dalit writing share a vision of the good society. While peculiarities should be acknowledged, these literatures need to be read also as a common body, as the Literature of Resistance. He noted that a really effective literature of resistance has to emerge from the people, who have suffered the most.
Convener of TIE Rajesh Sharma welcomed the speaker and the other guests. He added that TIE felt honoured to be organizing the lecture in memory of Dr. Ravi, a beloved teacher and eminent scholar of the university.
Punjabi Sahit Akademi general secretary Sukhdev Singh introduced the speaker. Surjit Singh conducted the proceedings.
OP Vashishta, Satnam Singh 'Jangalnama', Joga Singh, Beant Singh and Gur Shamsheer spoke on the occasion.