Suresh Rituparna


Suresh Rituparna , born in 1949 is an M.A., M.litt. , Ph.D. in Hindi Literature from Delhi University, India . He has published about 20 books published including two collections of poetry. He has worked as a lecturer in Hindu College ,Delhi University between 1971 to 2002. He also served as a diplomat in Trinidad; Professor in Mauritius on JawaharLal Nehru chair of Indian Studies; and Visiting Professor Of Hindi in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies , Japan, between 2002 to 2012.

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Kindly tell us about your poetry style.

I have been interested in poetry since my childhood days. I started writing poems that were inspired by those of Neeraj who was quite popular during the early days. However, it was in the year 1965 when I was in my college that I realised that the kind of poetry I wrote had no relevance in the world of today. Thereby, I soon changed my style into a kind that fit the modern world and which people could easily relate to.

What inspired you to write about the Japanese tragedy?

Amidst my 10 year old career as a Hindi Teacher in Japan, I made several visits to Hiroshima and the evidence of the suffering of the place had a deep impact on me. Soon after I returned, one day, I began to discuss my visit to Hiroshima with my class students. However, the response I received was disturbing as they did not want to discuss Hiroshima anymore. Which in turn triggered a question in my mind as to how could we even forget Hiroshima. They said that it was not too wise to remember tragic incidents, however, I felt that it was these horrendous incidents that kept rekindling the pain they inflicted on the population, which subsequently triggers our sensitivity towards it. This is what inspired me to pen down my emotions in a poetic form.

You have travelled immensely. How do you think the students across the globe vary?

Every nation has its own culture and convictions that guide the actions of its population which naturally leaves nuances in the behaviour among people across the world. Nevertheless, I have noticed one difference between the students of Japan and that of India as the students there are raised to not ask questions as they believe the teacher who preaches them can never be wrong. Whereas, our culture deeply believes in the concept of asking questions.

What would you like to say about the youngsters' fading interest in Hindi poetry?

A large proportion of the blame lays upon the technicians of our country who rather have incorporated content that endorses their selfish agendas in the elementary school books. The moral poems, on the other hand, seem to be sharing a very little space in the same. I believe that this receding interest of the readers is owing to the lack of content in the books which could keep them connected or which they could relate to.

What is your opinion regarding the upcoming Art and Literature Festival, 'Valley of Words?

I welcome such literature festivals wholeheartedly as they provide us with the platform to stir activeness in the lost literary culture of our society. Nevertheless, I also feel that these festivals land up as mere fairs with so much happening in a confined space and limited time. Owing to the fact that something or the other is happening around in every corner, visitors usually tend to fail to attend any of it properly.

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