Conflict-period Nepali literature ho lds importance for awareness
Gandhi Raj Kafle
In fact, literature with the theme of conflict and war holds all-time importance. That is because literature aims to teach lessons and help us to be aware of conflict and war socially and individually. Actually, no one wants war and conflict; but they happen and societies are compelled to face such conditions. Why? There are many questions. But, it seems, history has the answer – war and conflict occur when all doors of solution for friendship and reconciliation remain closed.
This nature needs to be understood. But, who are right persons to know it on the basis of common values and work creatively to generate awareness for all? Speaking frankly, there are no persons other than litterateurs, who can contribute sentimentally to understand this very nature of conflict and war.
In Nepal, like elsewhere in the world, the case of conflict and war was there, which is not a memory of distant past for the nation. Politicians dealt it and came out of this trouble successfully and claim that there is no situation of conflict now. They also say confidently that this is the golden time to work and dream for progress and prosperity. So, it is a time to forget and forgive, they suggest.
Not only politicians, but litterateurs of the country also argue that wound of conflict and war has just healed. But, does it mean it is not a time to write, remember and analyse conflict period literature of Nepal just because it can relapse the memory of horror and pain of former times? In fact, literature is not such a thing. The more it is written, the more it generates awareness. Literature fosters values of social harmony and raises issues in a way in which humanity strengthens and spirit of brotherhood is nurtured.
Therefore, creative circles of Nepal, who are also aware of war literature of the world, need to come forward and write more and more on themes of conflict and war. That is because war of the past is a fact of history, which can't be altered or erased. Only what we can do is we can write and read war literature and try to understand it objectively. This is the pragmatic view, which the world literature holds to avoid hatred and build an atmosphere of harmony among people all over the world. And, this is important for us, too.
In fact, there are many poets, essayists, novelists and other creative persons who have written quite a lot of literature on various themes of 'conflict and war' of Nepal. They have tried their best to give a symbolic expression of traumatic agony faced and experienced by the people of Nepal. All such writings may not be the same from the point of view of quality. But, what is sure is the number of writings in this beat is huge. And, there may be a few pieces, which carry values for all time and may be interesting to readers of all generations and it is the right time to analyse, choose and republish because it would be hard to save them if they get lost in the dark hole of distant time.
But, who will do it? This question may point finger at some of the reputed institutions of the country. Individually speaking, this is a question, which is related to academic persons, too. But, whoever does it, the benefit would be there and we will be able to learn some everlasting lessons from our literature on war and conflict.
In fact, themes of 'conflict', 'war' or 'insurgency' can't be a contemporary issue to write about for our literature now. But, what was written on these themes in the past can't be a thing to forget. Therefore, we have to check and recheck our full store of conflict time literature to find out quality pieces of writing for national and international readers.
Now, to conclude; the period of post-conflict peace and development is a time which is meaningful to look back at our past not only politically; it is also a time for literature to revisit history of creativity. So, litterateurs of Nepal and the concerned literary institutions of the country will have to be cooperative to share responsibility to do justice to literary works of conflict and war time because such writings must not go unlearned for the good of literature and humanity.