IMPHAL, April 27 - Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla today said writers can address social issues by creating awareness among the people through their writings.
�Languages may vary, but the process of creativity is one and universal,� said Dr Heptulla after releasing a book called Peeshumlei written by late Ningthoukhongjam Tombi Singh, seasoned politician and three-time Lok Sabha member, during a function held at the Raj Bhavan here this afternoon.
�We all know that literature has a major social responsibility. It can have an inspirational influence when it explores issues which are of great importance,� she said. �It makes us conscious and aware of the plight of the people.�
She also praised Tombi, who was also an educationist, writer, journalist and cultural activist, for his maiden Manipuri novel which attempts to describe the state of affairs in Manipur during the reign of Bhagyachandra Maharaj and several kings before him in the 18th century.
In his five decades of public life, late Tombi held several important posts in his political career apart from serving as a lecturer. He was the founder president of Cultural Forum, Manipur; president of Naharol Sahitya Premee Samiti; president of Manipur Apunba Maiba Maibi Phurup; and general secretary of Manipur Natya Sabha.
In recognition of his valuable contribution to the field of literature of the State, he was awarded the Gang Sharan Award and Sahitya Bhushan by the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad in 2002 posthumously. His contributions to the growth of Manipuri language, art and culture have been widely acknowledged by scholars of the State in their works.
In his speech, eminent scholar Dr Nongmaithem Tombi who previewed the 141-page Peeshumlei, lauded the activities N Tombi in many fields. His popular book called Khamba and Thoibi have earned wide acclaim not only in the State but also outside, he said.
Ninety-four-year-old writer Elangbam Sonamani Singh, renowned guru of nata sankirtan Padmashri awardee Ksh Thouranishabi Devi and N Chittamohini Devi, publisher of the book and family members, along with other writers, critics, thinkers, cultural activists and journalists, attended the book release function. A recital of the epilogue of the novel was also presented.