The Yogi Adityanath government is on a mission to promote Indian writers and literature, providing a "break" from "western writers."
To this end, the government in Uttar Pradesh is hosting a literature festival in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency of Varanasi, which will focus on Indian writers, The Economic Times reported today. The literature festival will be a three-day event in October. A senior UP government official told ET, "It would be a break from events focusing on western writers like the Jaipur Litfest."
The people that the government official is referring to as "western writers" are actually prominent writers from the international community, who appear regularly at the various literature festivals hosted in India. These writers talk about their work and speak on contemporary issues.
The "International Literary Festival" in Varanasi will focus on connecting people to Indian literature and culture. The Bharatiya Janata Party government is expected to tie up with the Banaras Hindu University in order to organize the literature festival every year. The proposal states that the International Literary Festival "aims to ensure the creation of a vibrant literary and cultural experience for fans and followers of Indian literature."
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