Mangaluru, Nov 4: Search for truth should be the duty of literature, but this truth should not negate the already established truths, said novelist Dr S L Bhairappa. He was speaking during the release of the Sanskrit version of his novel 'Avarana' at T V Raman Pai Hall in the city on Monday, Nov 3.
Commenting on a statement that truth and facts are different, Bhairappa said there cannot be truth without facts. "Any philosophy should be based on truth; but the problem is that many philosophies are politically motivated. Those writers who control themselves from being influenced by such philosophies can contribute certain works which may live for many years," he observed. It is the duty of a person or writer to understand the environment and society he lives in, the world and the space. But it is also inevitable to understand the feelings, which also form a part of truth, Bhairappa suggested.
Stating that the search for truth is the sole aim of his literary life, the novelist said 'Avarana' is also aimed at fulfiling this objective.
"Research is must before writing any novel. Novels like Vamshavriksha, Daatu, Parva and Avarana necessitated extensive study and research," he pointed out.
Bhairappa said Sanskrit should be taught as a language at least in primary schools for which a total transformation in the education system is required. "Sanskrit was the lingua franca of India. Tagging it with a particular caste and class is a politically motivated trick," he opined.
'Taranga' Editor Sandhya S Pai released the book and said the history has been written as per the attitude and requirements of the rulers of the particular periods due to which the generations are forced to read the historical lies.
District-in-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar presided. Dr H R Vishwas who translated the novel into Sanskrit, Narasimhachar of Sanskrit Bharathi were present.