IMPHAL, June 24 - Literature reflects the level of civilisation the human society attains and constitutes an eloquent index to gauge the march of human progress intellectually and materially.
Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla said this on the occasion of the 83rd Award presentation ceremony of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad at Maharaja Chandrakirti Auditorium, Place Compound in Imphal here today.
Asserting that Manipur Sahitya Parishad is an organisation of iconic stature, devoted to the development of Manipuri language, literature and culture, the Governor stated that it has come a long way from its humble beginning in 1935 when the idea of establishing the organisation was born.
Heptulla reminded the key role played by the Parishad in the movement for inclusion of Manipuri language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India and said that since then the language found a place in the list of Indian languages recognised by Sahitya Akademi.
Manipur Art and Culture Minister L Jayantakumar who graced the function as guest of honour informed that the State Government is planning to set up a �gathering place� for the writers. Informing that the Manipur Culture Policy is to be reviewed after every 10 years, he said that government has taken up steps to review it and invited the Sahitya Parishad to share its views and comments.
The Minister further informed that drafting of Manipur Cine Policy is almost completed and ready for placing before the Cabinet for approval.
Later, L Jayantakumar presented 32 different awards conferred by the Parishad in the field of literature. He further handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the Parishad.
The function was attended by Prof Kangjam Ibohal Singh, President, Manipur Sahitya parishad, award winners, invitees, among others.