GUWAHATI, Nov 7 - An interactive session on the ensuing centenary celebration of the Asam Sahitya Sabha was held today at the venue of the North East Book Fair, under way at the AEI Field, Chandmari.
Several prominent writers, educationists and leading citizens took part in the discussion and offered suggestions on the subject.
Noted writer Dilip Hazarika said that only publishing books in Assamese language cannot secure the future of the Assamese language, there has to be a strong public opinion in favour of promoting and using the language. �Most of the parents in cities nowadays prefer English medium schools and want their children and grandchildren to be fluent in English, overlooking their mother tongue,� he said.
Assam College Principals� Council president Dr Balendra Kumar Das stressed digitisation of the Assamese literature. He said a methodic digitisation would make it easier for the younger generation to access the collection of Assamese literature.
Social activist Khanindra Das also took part in the discussion. Most of the speakers asked the Sahitya Sabha to build a public opinion to preserve and protect the Assamese language.
Working president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha Centenary Celebration Committee Dr Anil Saikia informed the gathering about the preparation to celebrate the centenary in a grand way. Many other leading citizens took part in the programme. A special meeting of the National Library was also held.