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Harud lit fest

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Three years after Harud (autumn) Literary festival was called off, amid scathing criticism by Kashmiri writers and civil society activists, for insisting on being controversially “apolitical” in a highly militarized conflict zone, this time J-K Government itself has stepped in to collaborate with an NGO to organize a literary festival- Sounth (spring). As state owned Doordarshan and Radio Kashmir put together the literary festival and with J-K Governor inaugurating the event, the festival looks more like an exercise meant to counter the new writing and art emerging out of the valley. “The literature festival will focus on the changing life

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A literary festival, by definition, is an event that celebrates the free flow of ideas and opinions. It not only assumes a freedom from fear. It demands a certain independence of mind and spirit. To hold it in a context where some basic fundamental rights are markedly absent, indeed, denied to the population, is to commit a travesty. In fact, as literary and artistic festivals held elsewhere, Israel and Sri Lanka for example, show, such events are sometimes used to falsely assert the existence of basic freedoms, even as they are denied to larger sections of the population. In Kashmir,