Bhubaneswar, Nov 18 (LocalWire): Veteran politician Jairam Ramesh feels children should not derive knowledge from social media and instead be a voracious reader.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the 6th National Children Literature Festival (NCLF) organized by KiiT International School.
Advising children, he said, “You must inculcate writing in your young age. Students should keep writing. You must be a voracious reader to be good writer. Children should not get their knowledge from social media.”
Ramesh said books can never be replaced with online inputs.
“Students should not make copy or download from internet or Wikipedia. There is no substitute of books. Writings bring discipline in one’s heart. You should be passionate of environment. You are the custodians and protectors of environment,” he said.
Eminent writer Padma Shree Ruskin Bond and actor Nandita Das were also present at the event on Saturday.
The theme of the 6th NCLF is “Literature and Society”.
Das, in her speech, said, “Writings and readings open us. Stories are powerful. Children should read more and more stories. It can develop their writing skill and own thought.”
In his message, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, said, “Such festivals instill in young minds the enthusiasm for literature. Exposure of this kind goes a long way in all round development of the students.”
The two-day lit fest on Nov 17-18 covers diverse areas from freedom of expression, politics, violence, environment, spirituality, stories of love, lust and relationships, travel and ethics.
KiiT International School started the trend of Children’s Literary Festival from 2013 based on the concept conceived by its founder Dr. Achyuta Samanta.
As many as 500 students took part in the event with more than 35 schools all over India participating in it.