Ranchi Women’s College Holds Two-Day Seminar on “Ecological Criticism”

SHUBHANGI SHIFA

Ranchi, August 26: A two-day seminar entitled ‘Eco Criticism’ was held at Ranchi Women’s College on the subject of literature and the environment. The principal chairman and chief guest of the seminar on topics such as environment, ecology and its relation to literature and conservation was the Vice Chancellor of Ranchi University, Prof. Ajit Kumar Sinha.

In this seminar, in addition to professors from Ranchi University, professors from other universities and states participated and expressed their views on the relationship between nature and literature, human beings playing with ecology and the environment and suggestions for its conservation.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sinha, said in his speech: “We have abused nature a lot and also harmed it. If we look at the population, we will find that we have acquired knowledge from generation to generation, but due to the destruction of the environment and ecology, the transmission of literature, culture and knowledge to the generation following also stops.

He added: “Previously, due to the dense forest of Saranda, people used to light torches even in the afternoon in June, but now people drive through it. Hotels are also built at an altitude of 7,000 feet. He said that being associated with the domain of Tasar, he had an affinity with nature and the environment.

Dr. Kalidas Mishra, Professor at Sambalpur University, Orissa, talked about the relationship of human beings with nature through the quotes from Vedas and Upanishads. He further cited the example of love and protection of nature from Western writers and said that today, humans are playing with nature more in the modern era.

Prof. Dr. Apoorva Saha, SBK University, Purulia through his data and research explained how destruction of environment and ecology leads to extinction of literature and language. She said that due to the destruction of forests, rivers, mountains, the original inhabitants of the place are displaced and with this displacement, the knowledge, language, literature and culture of the people there are also gradually ending. Dr. Saha said that 219 languages ​​have become completely extinct and 197 Indian languages ​​are on the verge of extinction due to the destruction of nature.

Renowned filmmaker and Professor of English at Central University, Dr. BK Sinha, expressing his view, said that environment, nature, man and literature are closely intertwined. “We all depend on nature and ecology. This is why we worship trees, rivers, hills, forests and animals. Even the subjects of our education are basically environment-based. Anthropology, history, geography, all subjects are related to the environment and nature,” he added.

Dr. GS Jha, Director and Dean of the Department of English at Ranchi University, said: “In our country, religion and life also convey a message of love and protection of nature. The word peace is also prominent in our mantras. Although conservation and peace seem difficult in the modern age, we must find a solution by connecting with nature and with ourselves. A dialogue with nature alone solves many problems. He added that humans must come out of the thought of “Eko Aham Dwityonasti”.

Samsun Nehar, Principal of Women’s College; Dr. Seema Prasad, professor in the English department; Dr Smriti Singh, Deputy Director of Vocational Training, UK; Dr. Vishnu Charan Mahato, Deputy Director, School of Mass Communication; Coordinator Dr. DK Sahai, Dr. Panchanan Mahato, other professors from Ranchi University and several female students from Women’s College were present.

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