Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the 32nd All India Santali Writers’ Conference on Saturday evening at Rabindra Mandap in Bhubaneswar.
Addressing the conference, Naveen said: “I am very happy to participate in the 32nd All India Santali Writers’ Conference.”
The Chief Minister also paid rich tributes to Pandit Raghunath Murmu, the inventor of the “Ol Chiki” script which is used in the Santali language.
Patnaik described Santals as a proud forward community and added that Santals have a great interest in education.”The literacy rate among Santalis is also good. Because of their interest in education, Santalis have earned fame in various fields,” the Odisha CM said.
Patnaik further stated that several good pieces of literature have been created in the Santali language. Writers like Chaitanya Prasad Majhi, Arjun Hembram, Damayanti Besra, Jadumani Besra and Gangadhar Hansda have enriched Santali literature, the Chief Minister concluded.