The 3rd conference of ‘CHT Indigenous Writers’ Forum’ was held at Khudro Nrigosthi Cultural Institute in Rangamati on Friday with the theme ‘Our Literature in Our Language’.
The conference was inaugurated by Chakma Circle chief Raja Debashish Roy, while poet and senior journalist Hasan Hafiz was present as chief guest.
Among other speakers, professor Mong Hsa Nu Choudhury, writer and educationist Pravhanshu Tripura and Kesamong Marma were present at the programme.
The speakers urged all to come ahead in preserving and practising the languages, literature and culture of different ethnic groups of the CHT.
Hasan Hafiz said technology can also be used as a modern means of publishing the works of local writers.
He also proposed forming multilingual society in the development of languages and cultures. He urged the government and TV channels to produce programmes regarding the rich culture of the CHT.
Raja Debashish Roy said there is no freedom of speech in Bangladesh right now. He said whatever repression-oppression exists, people have a dream for a beautiful society and those dreams can change the society.
He expressed the need to change the distorted names existing now in the CHT. He said he would support any initiative to change the distorted names of places throughout the CHT into its original name.
A new 31-member committee of the writers’ forum was formed at the end of the discussion with Mrittika Chakma as president and Ananda Jyoti Chakma general secretary.
Poetry recitation by many participants including Hasan Hafiz was held at the end of the programme.
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