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Maharashtra : Literary Contretemps

Literary Contretemps A correspondent writes:
MANY debates have crystallised around the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan (All-India Marathi Literary Conference) during its 122-year history. The only organisation of its kind among the Indian languages, the sammelan has had little tangible to offer writers as it lacks any executive power. It has remained in the limelight as a platform for voicing the position of the Marathi literary community on cultural and political issues. Though Marathi litterateurs have occasionally in the past mobilised this platform or floated temporary alternative ones to put up a fight against particularly blatant instances of political interference in cultural matters, the consistently large financial support extended by successive governments in Maharashtra has transformed the sammelan over the years into a lavish social gathering on the one hand and enabled it to claim to represent the literary mainstream on the other.

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