ut of the rare good news coming out of Kashmir one is definitely the growing number of fiction writers. The last three decades of conflict have ensured that literature did not bloom and a result is that due to lack of mentorship and requisite platform the new story tellers lack the knowledge of narrative techniques, brevity, and other necessities of writing. The conduct of programs by these young and energetic writers, where in they read their short stories in English, Urdu and Kashmiri languages and the same is put to critical view by a host of prominent literary people across Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
Many prominent literary people with immense experience in literature and stage experience are helping these young writers to grow further. In Kashmir, we also have an organization for literary people, but the unfortunate part is that the organization is self-funded.
Kashmir’s serious fiction writers think about moral problems practically. They evoke our common humanity in narratives with which we can identify, even though the lives may be remote from our own. They stimulate our imagination. The stories they tell enlarge and complicate — and, therefore, improve — our sympathies. The government which prides itself for promoting and reviving literature and culture related activities in the valley needs to give a serious consideration towards a good platform to these young writers. The writers spawned by this platform are getting recognized in Jammu and Kashmir UT and elsewhere. The critical views of the prominent literary people of valley lend more value to the works of young and emerging writers. Government needs to seriously give all its support to them.