Ranchi Women’s College hosts two-day seminar on ‘Ecocriticism’

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SHUBHANGI SHIFA

Ranchi, August 26: A two-day seminar entitled ‘Ecocriticism’ was organized at Ranchi Women’s College on the subject of literature and the environment. The main sponsor and main guest of the seminar on topics such as the environment, ecology and its relation to literature and conservation was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ranchi, Professor Dr. Ajit Kumar Sinha.

In this seminar, in addition to the professors from the University of Ranchi, professors from other universities and states participated who expressed their points of view on the relationship between nature and literature, the game of the human being with ecology and the environment and suggestions for its conservation.

Vice Foreign Minister Professor Sinha said in his speech: “We have mistreated nature a lot and also damaged it. If we look at the population, we will find that we have been acquiring knowledge from generation to generation, but due to the destruction of the environment and ecology, the passage of literature, culture and knowledge to the next generation is also stopped.”

He further added: “Before, due to the density of the Saranda forest, people used to go lighting torches even in the June afternoon, however, now people drive through it. Hotels are also being built at an altitude of 7,000 feet.” He said that by being associated with the Tasar field, he has had an affinity with nature and the environment.

Dr. Kalidas Mishra, Professor at Sambalpur University, Orissa, spoke about the relationship of the human being with nature through quotations from the Vedas and Upanishads. Furthermore, he cited the example of love and protection of nature from Western writers and said that today humans play more with nature in the modern age.

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Professor Dr. Apoorva Saha, SBK University, Purulia, through her data and research, spoke about how the destruction of the environment and ecology leads to the extinction of literature and language. She said that due to the destruction of the forests, rivers, mountains, the original inhabitants of the place are displaced and with that displacement the knowledge, language, literature and culture of the people there are gradually ending. Dr. Saha said that 219 languages ​​have become completely extinct and 197 Indian languages ​​are on the verge of extinction due to the destruction of nature.

Renowned filmmaker and English professor at Central University, Dr. BK Sinha, in expressing his views, said that the environment, nature, man and literature are intertwined. “We all have dependence on nature and ecology. This is the reason why we worship trees, rivers, hills, forests and animals. Even the themes of our education are basically based on the environment. Anthropology, history, geography, all the subjects are related to the environment and nature”, he added.

Dr. GS Jha, Director and Dean of the Department of English at Ranchi University said, “In our country, religion and way of life also carry the message of love and protection of nature. The word peace is also prominent in our mantras. Although conservation and peace seem difficult in the modern age, we have to find a solution by communicating with nature and with ourselves. A dialogue with nature solves many problems by itself”. He further said that humans have to come out of the thought of ‘Eko Aham Dwityonasti’.

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Samsun Nehar, Director of the Women’s College; Dr. Seema Prasad, Professor in the Department of English; Dr. Smriti Singh, Deputy Director of Vocational Education, UK; Dr. Vishnu Charan Mahato, Deputy Director of the School of Mass Communication; The coordinator, Dr. DK Sahai, Dr. Panchanan Mahato, other professors from Ranchi University, and several students from the Women’s College were present.