Not Easy To Be A Casteless Person In India Says Krishna
The fact that politics have been entirely given to politicians is a tragedy said T M Krishna | By Yentha
On Oct 24, 2016
Trivandrum: There were a slew of Indian authors lined up for the 8th edition of the Kovalam Literary Festival which concluded at the VJT hall on Saturday. Among the prominent writers present were musician turned writer T M Krishna, author of 'The Goddess of Millions' Lakshmi Rajeev, Bishwanath Ghosh, KLF organiser Binoo K John, author of 'Farthest field – an Indian story of World War 2',  Raghu Karnad, Rohini Mohan, Manoj Mitta, Manu Pillai and novelist M Mukundan.

In an exciting speech musician T M Krishna who wrote the book, 'The southern music', spoke not only about music but as expected spoke about politics, religion, art and literature. He said, "Freedom is embedded as a sense of responsibility. We are all free individuals, free means responsible." He said about his position in the society, "I am not patriotic nor a nationalist; when you surrender to nationalism, you will not feel love and respect. India has diverse cultures, peoples and identities."

He added, "In our National Anthem Jana Gana Mana, the most important word is ‘Mana’." He justified, "Mana means mind or manas and that word used in the first line celebrates the mind of people." He also said, "The fact that politics have been entirely given to politicians is a tragedy’.  About caste he pointed out that, "The question is, are you a casteless person or caste aware person? It is not easy to be a casteless person in India."

The author of the book Attukal Amma, 'The Goddess of Millions' Lakshmi Rajeev mentioned the challenges she faced in writing, researching and publishing her book about Attukal temple. She said that only myths and stories existed about the temple when she started writing and no history or no written records were available. She said that in reality, after the first draft of the book, she did extensive research on the subject.

Nearly 200 photos have been added to make the narration more attractive. She shared with the audience that the old temple was not a proper temple and was called Mudippura and animal sacrifices were prevalent. Over the years the temple has transformed a lot. She said that it took five years of intensive work to finish the book.

The author of the book 'Farthest field – an Indian story of world war 2',  Raghu Karnad while addressing the audience said that a lot of Indians fought for the British in the second World War. It is the largest military initiative by Indians in history. In this book he brings up the forgotten history of Indians' war efforts in this World War.

He also mentioned about the Indian political leaders' dilemma. The Indian leaders had to opt between two options. The first option was to fight along with Britain against fascist Italy, Germany and Japan or to fight Britain, our oppressor. But the leaders decided to support Britain in the war. Raghu Karnad said that we can be proud of the Indian army that it has remained loyal to the Indian civilian government always.

The others who spoke at the function were Bishwanath Ghosh, Binoo K John, Rohini Mohan, Manoj Mitta, Manu Pillai and novelist M Mukundan. These personalities had interactions with journalists such as Sreekumar Varma, Sadanand Menon, Suresh Menon and Suneetha Balakrishnan. The festival closed with a talk by eminent novelist M Mukundan on the topic, 'the future of the novel'. is the official online partner of the Kovalam Literary Festival.

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