Translate popular, award-winning literature: President
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 22:57
New Delhi: Calling upon literary institutions to ensure translation of both popular and award-winning literature in various Indian languages, President Pratibha Patil today said that this would ensure their reach in all parts of the country.

On the occasion of honouring Hindi poet Kunwar Narain with the 41st Jnanpith Award for the year 2005, Patil said, "Honoured literary works should be translated in other Indian languages so that they reach everybody. Though translation of literature is not easy, I know that Bhartiya Jnanpith will fulfill these duties."

Underlining that importance of literature in building prosperous nations, she said, "while cheap literature plunges nations into the depths of immorality, good literature plays a major role in nation building, it gives hope to humanity. How can an ideal society be formed if there is no literature."

"Literature which is in the common man's language, inspires an entire nation to tread the path of righteousness. That is why the sayings of Kabir, Soordas and the Ramayana are popular even today," Patil said.

Highlighting the achievements of Kunwar Narain, Patil said that the poet not only writes poetry, but has also contributed through his writings on cinema, music, art and also history.

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First Published: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 22:57

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