It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. – Ernest Hemingway

It’s Children’s Day today, and the writers’ world is of the young hearts and minds. And, there’s no boundary where the mind could travel. No mountain is high enough for the young soul to climb. And the young shall take the language and literature forward, said noted poet Ashok Vajpeyi, speaking exclusively to thestatesman.com.

An eclectic group of around 65-70 young writers from all across the country is set to come together at the Yuva 2016, which will be held on November 15 in the national capital.

“The initiative is entirely been worked upon by youngsters as it is the young that will take the language and literature forward,” the poet said.

While the country today witnesses an impressive growth of budding talent in English literature, enlarging the writers’ world, the event hopes to boost the development of Hindi literature too.

“The event hopes to bring the talented pool of Hindi writers together and to involve them in the development of Hindi literature,” Vajpeyi said.

The poet feels that “the Hindi middle class has sort of alienated themselves from their mother tongue and mother tongue is an important instrument in humanising oneself and if one is alienated from his or her mother tongue it becomes a very difficult process”.

Talking about whether the language, specially Hindi, needs more promotion or not, Vajpeyi said that “language does not need any promotion other than the society in which it is spoken. The State has the responsibility to protect it”.

“Literature here comes into the play as it allows a language to grow and express itself in more creative way and thus make place into the people's life,” he said, adding, “The popularity of literature, specifically world literature, is based on the works of translation”.

However, the “success of a translation depends upon how hospitable a language is as it allows the translation to retain the imprint of the language of origin to the language that it has been translated into,” he said.

Also commenting on the situation of children's literature, Vajpeyi said that there is no dearth of material when it comes to Hindi literature for kids though a very few writers write for them.

Vajpeyi feels that, most importantly, “literature flourishes through the young and hence it is important that young writers should be encouraged to come together” to help create a healthy mix of talent and content.

By Sushmita Kamrupa