Professor Rohini delivers lecture in AMU
Aligarh, April 24: Noted Hindi writer, Professor Rohini Agarwal today delivered a lecture organised by the Shodh Samiti (Research Committe) of the Department of Hindi, Aligarh Muslim University. She was speaking on the topic of ?Tradition, Modernity and Hindi Fiction?Women?s Perspective?.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rohini said that women writers in Hindi Literature carved out their own spaces in order to address issues such as marriage, divorce, sexuality, and women's education, that is, issues that directly affect women's lives.
She added that women writers in Hindi Literature when confronted with problems, interrogated in their writings the cultural traditions and the modern uses of patriarchal power in independent India. ?Many of these women have challenged the power structures that assign them sub-ordinate positions even while keeping some of the traditions intact,? said Professor Rohini adding that these writers have discussed their frustrations and humiliations stemming from social problems that affect their daily lives.
Giving examples of women writers like Sundari Devi in Jane Austen, Professor Rohini said that while many male writers of the contemporary world and the past stayed on isolated and peaceful places to write their books; Sundari Devi and Jane Austen wrote books from the confines of their houses, managing their homely affairs.
?Thus there are women writers in Hindi and other languages, who have addressed the issue of the subjugation of women in society and opposed the traditional moral values imposed on women,? said Professor Rohini.
While presiding over the function; AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali said that literature is a way of life, which brings values of humanity in readers. He added that the best part of literature is that writers run their imagination in all the ways to write a book and their works become masterpieces. He further said that literature makes its readers connect with the characters in the book.
Earlier on the occasion, Professor Abdul Aleem, Chairperson, Department of Hindi delivered the welcome address. He said that the Department of Hindi has been able to organise this lecture and other lectures because of the cooperation and support of the AMU administration.
Professor Meraj Ahmad conducted the programme, while Mr Azhar Khan proposed the vote of thanks. On the occasion, the Department of Hindi also released its journal.
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