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Henceforth, no election for Marathi Sahitya Sammelan President

By July 2, 2018No Comments


Staff Reporter,

The committee formed in 2016 formulated the policy and the process of nomination of the chief will come into effect from 2019, said Dr Shripad Joshi

President of the 93rd Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan will be nominated through consensus and not by election. The proposal was accepted by the Election Committee looking into the amendments to the constitution of the Mahamandal. This was announced by Dr Shripad Bhalchandra Joshi, President of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Mahamandal (ABMSM), during a press conference held at Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh (VSS) on Sunday.
A special meeting was held at VSS on June 30 during which the proposal was approved. According to the new amendment, now President of the Mahamandal will be nominated through consensus and not by election.

It may be noted that it all began with the opening of the Mahamandal’s office at VSS which had initiated the proposal and forwarded it to the Constitution amendment committee for its consideration. It took two years for the committee to reach a consensus. Also, it got the support of Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad, Pune.
The process will come into effect in 2019. This will be a historical decision coming after 91 years.

Dr Joshi stated that out of nine invited regions for hosting 92nd Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, Yawatmal and Wardha regions have been finalised for inspection. Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad, Shahupuri Branch, Satara; Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh Branch, Amravati; VSS Washim, Sane Guruji Karmabhoomi Smarak Pratishthan, Amalner; Education Society Naigaon (Bazar), District Nanded, Kalyan Shiklshan Sanstha, Nagpur; Maharashtra Shikshan Mandal, Jabalpur; VSS Wardha Branch Dr VB Kolte Research Centre and Library and VSS Branch, Yavatmal have sent their acceptance.

Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Mahamandal will be making a major announcement regarding the special policy with regards to Language, Literature and Culture.
Dr Joshi also informed that this was for the first time that a committee was formed to prepare a policy draft. The panel was formed in 2016 by Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh and it had two sittings. It is now that it has been decided to formulate a policy. The draft prepared will be sent to all units, affiliated organisations for their comments and additions, which will then be placed before the Mahamandal.

In order to include the institutions who want to be part of the Mahamandal and non members of the present body, a historical amendment to the constitution has been suggested in its annual general meeting held on Sunday. It is being done to widen the scope of ABMSM. As such the present structure of the constitution will be changed and new categories will be included, he said.

Dr Joshi added that a committee formed by the Mahamandal will tour Telangana, Karnatka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to study the status of Marathi language, Marathi Literature and culture there and submit a proposal for next stage of development.
Dr Joshi will lead a team comprising Dr Anupam Ujgare and Prof Milind Joshi who will tour West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
A team under Dr Vilas Deshpande and Dr Indrajit Orkey will tour Gujarat and Goa.

Prof Kautikrao Thale Patil and Vice President Dr Vidya Deodhar will tour Telangana and Karnatka.
The committee will tour Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, Dr Joshi said.

The committee will submit the report by December 15, 2018. A committee to guide the 92nd ABMSS and book exhibition has also been formed Dr Vidya Deodhar has been elected as Vice President of ABMSM Dr Ujwala Mahendale of Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Vinod Kulkarni of Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad, Pune; and Asaram Lomte of Marathi Sahitya Parishad have been appointed on the Editorial team of the annual issue of ‘Akshar Yatra’.


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