CUJ organizes seminar on ‘Unsung Women Heroes of Freedom Struggle’

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 23: The two-day national level student – scholar seminar, on the topic “Unsung Indian Women Freedom Fighters: Historical, Literary and Cultural Retractions,” organized by the Department of English, Central University of Jammu (CUJ), concluded here today.
The seminar, organised in connection with the ongoing celebrations of the glorious history of commemorating 75 years of Independence, was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor CUJ , Prof Ashok Aima and Padmashri Prof Shiv Nirmohi.
The seminar planned in a blended mode was also joined by Prof Neeraja Gupta, Vice Chancellor, Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies, who underscored how dating for freedom movement needs to be deliberated with special thrust on women like Jhalkari and many others in her women contingent who fought during the First War of Independence.
Speaking on his literary journey, Padmashri Prof Shiv Nirmohi advised younger generation to read, travel and participate in seminars to expand horizons of learning. Shedding light on strength and exemplary courage of Duggar women, Prof Nirmohi referred to the resilience and courage of Naraatu Devi, whom Dinu Bhai Pant has glorified in his poetry as ” Sherni Naraatu”.
In the inaugural address, Prof Ashok Aima said that seminars on such themes related to representations, adaptations pertaining our culture and heritage is imperative and the switch over from virtual to physical mode is a welcome move.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rasal Singh, Dean, School of Languages CUJ, threw light on documenting the contributions of unsung freedom fighters and expressed hope that Department of English will work in the same direction with gusto.
Earlier, Dr Vandana Sharma, HoD English and convener of the seminar, said that in sync with the aim of the seminar, a good number of papers exploring various forms of narratives related to lost narratives of women freedom fighters hint at gaps in history and raises the question related male-centric post 1947 historical records.
Prof Kalpana Purohit, HoD English, Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur, in her keynote address, traced the trajectory of freedom struggle and women’s role in it with special emphasis on Rajasthan. Another noted speaker of the seminar was Prof Neeraja Mattoo, Kashmiri writer and scholar for her research in the Kashmiri narratives and story telling. Dr Parveen Kumari proposed vote of thanks.