Bangalore: Karnataka’s Minister of Kannada Language and Culture, V. Sunil Kumar, on Friday opposed a sidelined parallel literature festival for Muslim writers at the 86th All India Kannada Language and Literature Conference.
“Organizing parallel literary conferences is not a good development,” said Sunil Kumar.
Speaking about the controversy, the Minister added: should be discussed and resolved. “
Kannada literary festivals help convey good messages to the people.The festivals are important in terms of the development of the Kannada language, he said.
Hosted by Kannada Sahitya Parishat, the 86th Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana (All India Kannada Language and Literature Conference) was launched on Friday with great fanfare in Haveli, the hometown of Prime Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
However, the literary conference turned into a controversy for sidelining Muslim writers and literary figures.
Kannada activists and like-minded literary scholars held a one-day parallel literary conference in Bangalore on 8 January.
It was decided to make famous Kannada writer Bhanu Mushtak the chairman of this parallel literary event.
Mudnakoudu Chinnaswamy, a Dalit writer and retired bureaucrat, initiates this conference, which will be held at the Alumni compound near KR Circle, Bangalore.
The competition was named “Jana Sahitya Sammelana” (People’s Literature Convention).