Conferences

Janvadi Lekhak Sangh Eighth Conference (Allahabad)

The Janvadi Lekhak Sangh (JLS) held its eighth national conference at Allahabad, on February 14 and 15, with the message that it would do all it can to unite the writers, artists and other cultural workers with the broad democratic movement in order to meet the growing threat of communal fascism in the country. On the first day of the conference, a Meet on Composite Culture was held in an effort to bring on to one platform various groups of democratic minded writers and cultural workers as well as independent writers and other intellectuals against the communal threat. The day long discussion eventually culminated in the issuance of a unanimous Allahabad Declaration.

ON COMPOSITE CULTURE

While the Allahabad Declaration underlined the need of “a big, new and bold initiative” in order to met the communal fascist threat today, it also assured that the democratic minded writers, artists and other cultural workers, who are true inheritors of the fertile secular socio-cultural heritage of this country and of the rich humane, democratic and progressive literary tradition of the Indian renaissance, would effectively discharge their role in the current situation.

The delegates session of the JLS took place on February 15, in an attempt to systematise the understanding about the current situation and about the direction in which to move. More than two hundred writer delegates from various parts of the country attended this session. At the end of the deliberations, the session adopted the main report presented by the general secretary and elected a new, 141 member national council, with some vacancies. In its first meeting, then, the council elected a 38 member national executive committee (with one vacancy). The team will be led by 24 office bearers with Doodhnath Singh as president, Zuber Razvi as acting president and Murali Manohar Prasad Singh as general secretary. While Sanjeev Kumar is the deputy general secretary, Javarimal Parakh is the treasurer.

There could not have been a better place than Allahabad, a historic city noted for its rich culture, for the JLS conference and the accompanying meet on composite culture. Ziaul-Haque, a veteran communist intellectual, specifically underlined the city’s heritage of Ganga-Jamni culture, while welcoming the delegates, invitees and speakers at the beginning of the composite cultural meet. The Senate auditorium was full to its capacity and overflowing on this occasion, as a large number of writers and artists from around Allahabad, apart from the delegates, had come to attend the meet on composite culture. While making the aim of this meet clear, Murali Manohar Prasad Singh, who conducted the first session of the meet, expressed the hope that, through this meet, Allahabad would play the same role as was played by Paris in uniting the writers, artists and other cultural workers of Europe against fascism during the 1930s.

A presidium based on Shekhar Joshi, Zuber Razvi, Aqeel Rizvi and Ramesh Kuntal Megh presided over the first session of the meet which renowned economist and Marxist theoretician Prabhat Patnaik and human rights activist Teesta Setalvad addressed. The dais of the conference was named after Chandrabali Singh, Mohd Hasan and Shiv Kumar Mishra, illustrious leaders of the JLS who departed since the last JLS conference in Dhanbad, while the main gate was reminding the audience and the common people of late Markandeya, a renowned writer of Allahabad and a leader of the JLS.

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