I was a victim of shrinking space, says Kerala Governor


"The preamble talks of freedom of worship, thoughts. No one has any right to destroy normal life even if they have opposition. Believe in freedom of spirit," he said.

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan speaking at the valedictory function of MBIFL 2020 (Photo: B. Muralikrishna)

At the valedictory function of the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters (MBIFL) 2020 Governor Arif Mohammad Khan stressed on how literary events play a major role in enhancing the power of words and said that letters will always stay.

‘Akshar’ means something which is indestructible and the combination of these indestructible elements cannot destroy the letters. Chanting Sanskrit words and verses, the Governor said each and every letter has a ‘mantra’ of charm.

Arif Mohammad Khan said ‘Ka’ (the logo of MBIFL) is mysterious and even Kalpatru which is a wishful tree is unable to answer the universal question of Ka. Ka is one of the names given to Hinduism. It can mean interrogation or exclamation. He is still intrigued on the actual meaning of Ka. The importance of letters leads to celebration of letters for civilised life, he said.

Talking about shrinking spaces, which is the theme of this year's festival, the Governor said he has experienced this in his personal life and it is not a new phenomena. Modern world is inherited in this. The governor also mentioned the Kannur varsity incident where he was heckled and said he was a victim of shrinking spaces.

"The preamble talks of freedom of worship, thoughts. No one has any right to destroy normal life even if they have opposition. Believe in freedom of spirit," he said.

Dewaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran in his presidential address said the literary festivals may prevent darkness in tomorrow's world.

Speaking at the function, Mathrubhumi Joint Managing Director M. V. Shreyams Kumar thanked all those who helped in making the function a huge success. He also mentioned the green protocol which was strictly followed by the organisers at the venue to protect the environment.

The Governor also honoured the festival director Sabin Iqbal and artistic director T. K. Rajeev Kumar with mementoes. B Govindan, chairman of Bhima Jewellers presented a memento to the governor.

The festival note was given by MBIFL director Sabin Iqbal. Mathrubhumi editor Manoj K. Das welcomed the gathering. A brief audio visual presentation depicting the festival highlights was shown in a graphic way.

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