While commenting on the recent gang rape incident in Delhi, she said that it saw nationwide protests against the crime against women as a one-of-its kind movement, which has given some hope for a good change in our society. However, some sections of society said that no one cares to raise the voice against the rape of a Dalit woman, she added.
Devi urged people that they should always protest against all inhuman actions taking place with anyone. She ended her speech with the proverb “Everyone swims with the tide; no one wants to swim against it” and she dared the opposite.
The five-day JLF has become a world-famous event now that attracts renowned authors, thinkers, philosophers, religious leaders, sports persons, media persons, researchers, academics, performers and actors from around the world to Jaipur.
During the inaugural address, Namita Gokhale, JFL Director, said, “We are delighted to begin the event with Mahasweta Devi’s warm keynote which was not only inspiring but thought provoking. She has been constantly working for human rights and women rights to bring a change in the society."
JLF, entering its sixth year, according to the organizers, is now regarded as the Kumbh Mela of Indian and international writing, drawing writers and readers from across India and the wider world. This year authors from America, Europe, and Africa and from across the breadth of South Asia have come to Jaipur.