Globalisation is in India’s DNA: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi at KLF Bhubaneswar


Globalisation is in India’s DNA and the country should make an endeavor to create globalisation of compassion in times ahead as it is the need of the hour, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has said. The 2014 Nobel peace prize winner was speaking at the inaugural session of 9th Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) at Bhubaneswar, which was inaugurated Friday with the central theme of “India and the World.”

Elaborating on the theme of Vasudaiva Kutumbakam, Satyarthi said the full Sanskrit verse states that humans are not divided by geographical boundaries and are rather united under a global family.

“Today we have globalised culture, information and commerce. But still, we are missing one thing and that is compassion. We need to have compassion in a connected world,” he said attending the three-day literary event via video conference. Satyarthi was later felicitated with the KLF non-fiction book award for his book Tum Pehle Kyon Nahi Aaye.

Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Governor of Odisha attended the event as Chief Guest and spoke about how literature can be true guide to humanism and spirituality.

Speaking on the occasion Rashmi Ranjan Parida, founder and Director, Kalinga Literary Festival said the theme of India and the World of the occasion is primarily aimed at connecting India with global literature.

Regional Language Awards

As many as 18 writers in English, Hindi, Odia, Kannada, Nepali, and Maithili were awarded in categories such as fiction, non-fiction, regional language, women/dalit/tribal/minorities literature and for translation works.

Two publishing houses, namely Penguin Random House and Rajkamal Prakashan were felicitated as Publishing House of the Year for English and Hindi category respectively, in the newly introduced award category.

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