There may have been discords and unpleasantness among the Northeast states in recent years, but that is in the political scenario. Literature knows no boundaries. The Northeast Writers’ Forum is-a testimony to this. The Forum that has members from all over the eight states — Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Assam, is unique in the sense that it is perhaps the only forum that binds together writers writing in English from this region and thereby linking the states together celebrating the varied literature and culture that comprise each state.Read more
Even before the North East Writers Forum came formally into existence in 1997, there had been several informal gatherings where writers who worked in English met and listened to each other read out from their works in progress. These early casual gatherings crystallized into the formal inauguration of this literary group.Read more
The North East as a region is a greatly disparate one. A place of many cultures; numerous tongues, and a variety of ethnicities, the words “North East” actually signify only a geographical entity. Much of this region once comprised a single state, Assam, but over the decades many areas have now flaked off. This has benefited all the States, including Assam. Especially, one would say, Assam, which was, at one time, burdened with the weight of diverse cultural and linguistic demands. The creation of the newer states has allowed the people to explore, build and develop along the lines of their own cultural preferences. In any case, the whole concept of the erstwhile “undivided Assam “ was a colonial construct. It was inevitable that in post-colonial times, things would change.Read more
It’s been a while now since the last issue of NEWFrontiers, the journal of the North East Writers’ Forum came out. Five years, in fact. A long time, by any reckoning.
Why did that happen? People have asked if the non-appearance of this journal has signified the demise of the Forum itself. After all, it is not unusual for organizations to wilt away, leaving just memories behind. But let us hasten to add here that nothing of that sort has happened to the North East Writers’ Forum, which has continued to flourish through these years. Various events have taken place, and on a personal level, many members have scaled newer heights of creative literary achievement, and recognition has come to several at national and international levels. The usual devils — lack of funds being alas one of them — have caused this long gap.Read more
This issue of NEWFrontiers, the journal brought out by the North East Writers’ forum, marks a return to the Valley. For the last couple of years, the journal had come out from Meghalaya — Shillong, to be exact. This year, it has come back to Assam again from the Abode of the Clouds to the valley of the Red River.Read more
The response that we at the North-East Writers’ Forum received after the release of the first issue of the Forum’s journal, NEWFrontiers, has indeed been encouraging. Readers have, by and large, expressed their satisfaction at the quality of the material that it contained, and also, about the get-up of the offering. This is indeed gratifying. For we at the Editorial Offices see NEWFrontiers as very special. The journal seeks to showcase the literary sensibilities of the entire region as a cohesive, interlinked, vital entity, while, at the same time, always keeping in mind that the various parts that make up the intricate mosaic of this region are, in the end, unique unto themselves. And, in so doing, the journal has proved, with the very first issue, the vital importance of English as a vehicle of expression for the thoughts and feelings of writers who work in this region. English, legacy of colonialism though it may be, has certainly gone much beyond what it was fifty-one years ago in our country, and is now flourishing as a post-colonial means of communication that is indispensable in this region.Read more