Peoples' Literature Center
- Friends,It appears necessary to develop an institutional basis for resisting
communalism and imperialism. I have prepared a preliminary draft of a
proposal for creating a publishing house of people-centric literature.
As far as creating literature on varous topics is concerned, I think in the initial stage our friends, well known for their scholarly contributions in respective fields, would provide the texts. To put these in simple anguage will require additional efforts. Finances for other things are huge. You may kindly suggest, how to go about it. Kindly send your critical comments, advice and consent to be a part of this effort. We need trustees for the proposed organizatio.Prof. P.P. Singh, Prof. M.H. Qureshi, Ms Nirmala Deshpande,Dr. Shaheen Ansari and friends from JNU and IIT Delhi found merit in the effort and helped me develop clarity on it.Best regards
Janamukhi Sahitya KendraA proposal forAn autonomous institution for producing, publishing and
disseminating people-centric literature to spread the
culture of truth and sensitivity and counter prejudice
Academics and Sadbhav Activists
Delhi1 PreambleWe have a rich heritage of nonviolence. Our people lived through severe hardships with great dignity, evolving a culture of truth, compassion and mutual cooperation. They suffered from inherent oppressions of feudalism, and social discrimination, but from among them also emerged powerful movements against these ills. Two thousand five hundred years ago Buddha led a grassroots movement against caste discrimination and inequality that continued for centuries. In twelfth century sufis and saints evolved a massive movement that produced great synthesis of religions and brought religion at the doorstep of the masses, opposing all forms of discrimination. The movement encompassed the entire nation for five hundred years, brought life and enlightenment to masses and took our culture and creativity to great heights. Most sufis and saints came from
working classes and lived on crafts and physical work, bringing dignity to labour. In twentieth century Gandhi developed the doctrine of satyagraha and mobilized the multitudes of masses to resist the mightiest regime on the earth without arms. The under-currents of these movements and culture are still alive. However, there are massive onslaughts on this culture from sectarian quarters and forces of dominance. Hence efforts are needed to reinforce the culture of truth and nonviolence and counter prejudice. In this context the creation of a center of people centric literature is essential. The center would produce, publish and disseminate literature on sufi-saint movements, freedom movement, farmers/ workers' movements, tribal movements, global movements against colonialism and imperialism, civil rights movements, and living conditions of masses - their security, education, employment, and health, in simple language and at modest prices. There are bodies like Sarva Seva Sangh, Navjeevan Trust, and Sasta Sahitya Mandal who are doing this in narrow areas and at a very limited scale, nothing to compare with the publishers of religious literature who indulge in publishing sectarian literature as well. The proposed center
envisages to reach out to masses, including students, on a much wider
scale, commensurate with the mighty challenges posed to communal amity, national sovreignty, and freedom.2 Long Term Objectivesi) To evolve a self-sustained system to produce, publish and
disseminate literature on peoples' spiritual heritage, freedom movement,
civil rights movements and living conditions of masses.ii) To foster understanding among people of each other's faith, and
economic problems.iii) To explore causes, genesis, manifestations and solutions of
communal strife in India.iv) To relate spiritual literature/ traditions and historic struggles to
present day problems.v) To introduce liberating elements of culture and movements in school/
college curriculum to promote objectivity, clarity of perception, and
sensitivity.vi) To create awareness on the vital issues of peoples' security,
education, employment, and health.vii) To create awareness about the conditions of masses of the world, to
strengthen the realization that masses of the world are one.viii) To promote gender and caste equality.ix) To promote people-centric nationalism.
3 Short Term Objectivesi) To acquire land, undertake construction activities and create a
center with infrastructural facilities like telephones, internet, PCs,
library, store, accounts, etc.ii) To motivate scholars to conduct research in ares mentioned above and
write books in the languages of the masses.iii) To arrange translation of some monumental books in simple languages.iv) To establish links with NCERT, SCERTs, and universities to propagate liberating literature through curriculum or sullimentary reading.v) To establish links with distributors to sell the books with minimal
commission of the order of 10 % as against the prevailing 40%.
vi) To publish, in the first phase, following volumes: Sufi silsile,
Bhakti movement, Nanak and Guru traditions, Ravidas and Kabir, Mass
movement of freedom, Civil rights movements, and living conditions of
masses. Each volume would keep masses and their economic and social conditions then and now into focus.vii) To set up sale counters of such literature at prominant sufi-saint
shrines, kumbh mela, railway platforms, book exhibitions, etc.
4 BudgetIn rupees 1st year 2nd year 3rd year1) Office (rent): 60,000 65,000 70,000
2) PCs (2) + accessories: 70,000
3) Electricity, phone, water: 30,000 30,000 35,0004) Staff full time (3): 2,00,000 2,20,000 2,50,000
(typing, editing, proof reading, mailing, accounts etc.)5) Honorarium for translation, 3,00,000 3,00,000 3,00,000
preparing texts etc.
6) Travel 60,000 65,000 70,000
7) Contingency 60,000 65,000 70,000
(books, stationary etc.)8) Buffer for publishing 5,00,000 2,00,000 2,00,000
and stocks (10000 books x
Rs. 50 in 1st yr.)
9) Misc. 20,000 30,000 30,000
Total 13,00,000 9,75,000 10,25,000Total Cost in 3 years: Rs. 23 lakh.For detail please contact Prof. Tripathi on vkt@...