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Despite boycott call, over 100 writers attend Raipur lit fest

The literature festival was the first such event organised by the BJP government in 11 years.

The three-day Raipur Literature Festival ended here on Sunday without any controversy or disruption despite Congress urging the participants to boycott the event.

The literature festival was the first such event organised by the BJP government in 11 years and managed to draw over 100 Hindi writers and artistes from across the country.

Brainchild of Director (Public Relations) Rajat Kumar, the ambitious festival focussed on holding dialogues over the various aspects of Hindi literature, contemporary feminist writing and relevance of literary blogs.

Congress had said the government must refrain from holding the event as the state recently witnessed deaths of women after failed sterilisation and CRPF personnel in a Maoist attack. However, most writers who were invited, including senior poets Ashok Vajpeyi and Vinod Kumar Shukla and former National School of Director president Devendra Raj Ankur, turned up.

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While it was a state-organised event, the government did not try to impose its agenda on the sessions. Writers expressed themselves freely, even criticising Raman Singh over handling of the Maoist situation.

While Singh said “we welcome diversity of thoughts”, Rajat Kumar said “Next year, we will organise it on a bigger scale and hold more events.”

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