November 23, 2020.
TED NewsDesk, New Delhi: Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal received the Vatayan Lifetime Achievement Award on November 21, owing to his exemplary contribution in the field of literature. Having been celebrated as an author in the past, the Vatayan marks another milestone for the Minister as he continues to dissipate ideas and thoughts in the field of literature.
The Minister highlighted the role played by linguistics and language in maintaining unity in a diverse country such as India. “Culture and language are linked with each other, as the language becomes stronger, so does the culture and civilisation. Similarly, the writing also strengthens the civilisation and culture of the country,” Nishank said.
Further, he said that literature is the cultural, spiritual, educational heritage which saliently strengthens the country. This award was conferred in an online ceremony in the presence of eminent dignitaries Amish Tripathi, writer and director of the Nehru Center, London, Mira Kaushik, Chairman Vatayan, Kavi Anil Sharma Joshi, Vice Chairman Central Hindi Board, Agra, Aditi Maheshwari, Executive Director Vani Prakashan.
Nishank has been conferred with various awards in the field of literature and administration in the past, including Sahitya Bharati award by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and the Sahitya Gaurav Samman by former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Bharat Gaurav Samman, Good Governance award by the government of Dubai, outstanding achievement award by Global Organisation of Person of Indian Origin by Mauritius, awarded in Ukraine in the area of environmental protection, Himal Gaurav Samman by Nepal, among others. The Vatayan International Award is given to honour poets, writers and artists for their exemplary work in their respective fields. Earlier many eminent personalities like Prasoon Joshi, Javed Akhtar have been awarded for their literary contribution.
His contribution to the field has not only been acknowledged, accepted and widely celebrated. One can find snippets of his celebrated skills and get insight on his thoughts shared in books like Sapne Jo Sone Na Dein (1901) and Dreams that Don’t Let You Sleep: Based on the Life Skills Management of Dr Kalam Ramesh Pokhriyal.
Source: The Indian Express