Fight intolerance with celebration of diversity, says FinMin

Srinagar: Minister of Finance, Labour, Employment and Culture, Dr Haseeb A Drabu on Wednesday called for fighting society by celebrating diversity among the people.
He was speaking at an award ceremony organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages for distinguished writers at the newly-renovated Tagore Hall.
The finance minister presented a total of 12 awards to as many authors in Best Book and Best Translation categories in various languages.
Praising the academy for organising the event, Drabu said, “What we are seeing here is the celebration of diversity, which is need of the hour.”
“There are so many distinguished writers from varied languages, cultures, religions, ethnicities present among us. This is highly valued diversity which makes Kashmir what it is,” said Drabu. “We need to cherish every bit of it.”
He expressed regret that the same diversity “is becoming an issue” in some areas. The best solution for fighting against such things, he said, is to highlight and celebrate the diversity.
The finance minister asked academy to organise similar events with more participation from people.
“Some of these writers have written up to 60 books and in an ideal situation they should have been icons for our society. But unfortunately people do not know much about them,” said Drabu.
He termed it as a challenge for academy to work towards gaining place of prominence for such writers in the society. This should be the agenda for the academy, the finance minister said.
The finance minister also asked academy to reform the process of selection of acclaimed authors.