KNIT INDIA THROUGH
An illuminatory and
exhaustive book to Knit India through our literary heritage
our experiences over the last fifty years, fears of the country
breaking up continue to haunt us. Periodically, the National
Integration Council, comprising of the Prime Minister, Chief
Ministers and leading intellectuals of the country, meets in
Delhi to take stock of the situation and chalks out programmes
to combat forces which threaten our integrity. When the danger
is past, people relax and the National Integration Council goes
back into deep slumber.
venture to knit India through the knowledge of each other's
literary heritage is bound to have a more lasting impact.
her compilation, readers will realise how much we share in
common with our scriptures, classics of our many languages and,
above all, how concerned writers and poets of today are, faced
with the problems that beset our country: poverty, ignorance,
caste, class and gender discrimination, challenges of modernity,
resurgence of religious fundamentalism, bigotry, superstition,
intolerance of other people's beliefs, disrespect for the law,
erosion of Gandhian values and proneness to violence.
attempt to knit India is based on her conviction that novelists,
short story writers and poets can and do change the way of
thinking of an entire people. Her efforts, therefore, do not end
with the South Indian languages. There are complications of her
interviews with writers from the languages of the North, East
and West. If the present effort is any indication, the books to
come will prove just as illuminating and exhaustive with their
in-depth analysis of the subject matter at hand.
section of the book is reflective of Sivasankari's painstaking
effort and her deep commitment to the project. As she has said
in her preface, It is a tragedy that we Indians are largely
unaware of the literary treasures found in the various languages
of our country, even as we dwell at length on the merits and
demerits of foreing iteratue. Aparrt from introducing readers to
the cultures and traditions of their fellow-citizens and
promoting a sense of oneness, this effort is bound to go a long
way in furthering their knowledge of literature too.
has said in her preface that she would not be so presumptuous as
to imagine that nationsal integration can be achieved by her
project alone. And yet she should not discount the immense
contribution that her 'Knit India through Literature' project is
certain to make to the cause. Her aspiration certainly deserves
to be lauded as the first step she is taking in her effort to
cement the unity and integrity of our nation.
journey is long, but, then, she is a seasoned traveller.