Mr. Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission today presented awards to the winners of NHRC's Mahatma Gandhi Biennial Hindi Writing Award Scheme for the year 2010-11 at a function in New Delhi.
The first prize of Rs.75 thousand went to Mr. Dakshin Bajrange Chhara of Ahmedabad, Gujarat for his play "Boodhan Bolta Hai" on the plight of nomadic tribes of the country. The second prize of Rs.50 thousand went to Mr. Nishant Singh of New Delhi for his book "Baal Shoshan aur Apradh" which highlights various aspects relating to atrocities on children. The third prize of Rs.40 thousand went to Mrs. Sarvmitra Surjan of New Delhi for her book "Media, Samaj aur Manavadhikar" which is a compilation of her essays on various incidents raising concerns on human rights of people, particularly the vulnerable sections of society including children and women.
Dr. Radheshyam Bhartiya and Dr. Sangeeta Saxena of Jaipur, Rajasthan received Rs.5 thousand each as consolation prize for their book "Qtla Kachchi Koplon Ka" which raises concern on female foeticide. Mr. Manish Mohan Gore of NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh also received consolation prize of Rs.5 thousand for his book "Manav Adhikar aur Bharat Ka Samagra Vikas" which takes a look into the development of country from human rights perspective. All the awardees were also given a certificate, shawl and memento.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion as the Chief Guest, Justice Balakrishnan congratulated the winners and said that the Commission started this award scheme to promote original writings in Hindi on various aspects of human rights issues to build awareness as part of its statutory duty. Literary writings on the issues of human rights will have more impact on the minds of people. The NHRC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Book Trust to translate the awarded books into five Indian languages, including, Tamil, Telugu, Malyalam, so that awareness about human rights issues could further spread.
Mr. S.C. Sinha, Member, NHRC, in his Presidential Address said that there are not enough literature available on human rights in Indian languages. The Commission is hopeful that through this scheme of recognizing the books written on human rights issues, the writers will be encouraged to write on the subject of human rights, thereby giving new dimensions and directions to the thinking in society.
Prof. Arun Kamal, noted Poet and Pholosopher, as a Guest of Honour, lauded the Commission for encouraging writings in mother tongue and said that scope of such awards should be expanded by rewarding outstanding literary contributions on human rights issues in all the Indian languages. Such an effort will prove to be a means of saving all Indian languages which give expression to the concerns of human beings. It will also become an act of protection of human rights. He said that the process of justice is incomplete till it is not delivered through the mother tongue.
NHRC Member, Mr. Justice Cyriac Joseph, Joint Secretaries, Mr. J.S. Kochher and Dr. Ranjit Singh and several other dignitaries were present on the occasion.