President Pratibha Patil on Thursday, March 18, said that literature plays an important role in building a strong and enlightened society.
Addressing the gathering after presenting the prestigious Moortidevi Award to Union Law and Justice Minister M Veerappa Moily, Patil said: "Our aim is to build a strong nation and an enlightened society. In achieving this, literature plays an important role."
"While literature definitely requires a sound knowledge of language, it is much more than a command over the grammar and vocabulary of the language. Literature is a summation of the vast knowledge and imagination of the human race and it encapsulates the philosophy, values and traditions of a civilization," she added.
Presidnt Patil said that India has a long history of literature that covers the social, ethical, economic as well as political approaches. "We indeed have a long history of literature in our country that covers the social, ethical, economic as well as political approaches and dilemmas faced by individuals, communities and nations," she said.
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