by Rohini Haldea
- Can literature and culture mend rifts to put an end to age-old violence? Organisers of the recently held Culture of Peace: A Festival of the Northeast in New Delhi seem to think it’s possible.
- The event was organised by Zubaan, a publishing company focusing on writers from the Northeast and other violence-torn regions including Kashmir and Pakistan.
- In addition to showcasing the writing from the region, the festival included workshops and seminars centred on the role of writing and culture in creating an atmosphere of peace.
- In attendance were writers, poets, journalists and social activists who have extensively covered the Northeast (Sify.com, 5 February 2011).
- The larger objective of the festival was to facilitate a dialogue between people from the Northeast and the rest of India, and bring an appreciation of Northeast culture to the larger population.
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