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INDO-ROMA WRITERS CARAVAN

 

1st INDO-ROMA WRITERS CARAVAN

India Inter-Continental Cultural Association (IICCA), is engaged in the objective of bringing the Indo-Roma people together for about a decade. In October-November 2007, IICCA and & Romani Federation,  Belgrade organised first ever Indo-Roma Writers Caravan in Serbia in which a delegation of seven prominent Indian writers participated. Famous Punjabi writer Dev Bhardwaj led the Indian delegation. The other members of the delegation were Dr. Shyam Singh Shashi from Delhi, Dr. Mrs. Lipipusap Nayak from Orissa, R. Mohan Kumar from Tamilnadu, Mr. Philipose & Shreedharan from Kerala and Prof. Harish Kumar Thakur from Himachal Pradesh. Mr. Jovan Damjanovic, President of Romani Federation, Serbia and Mr. Bajram Haliti, an eminent Romani poet received the delegation in Belgrade with  great warmth and open heart. The first meeting of the Caravan was held at National Writers Club Building in Belgrade. The Caravan that was joined by about 15 Roma writers and scholars from Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Palestine and Macedonia also visited 5 other cities during a weeklong span. During these days several meetings, public contact movements and cultural programmes were held in different cities. Poetry recitation, seminars and lectures marked the meetings and programmes organised by different literary organizations and local municipalities at Belgrade, Zemun, Novi Sad, Nis & Leskovac. Indian delegation that visited different cities and Roma settlements was taken aback by the physical features of the Roma people and their life-style that resembled with the Indian one. A whole Indian scene came to life as Roma children were found playing gulli-danda in streets adorned by small vendors (Chhabe wale) selling Bhuttas (Chhali), Indian Sarees and music CDs and DVDs. The houses were built in Indian style and in almost every courtyard washed clothes hanged down the wires. One could also see the Gypsy women lighting woodfire in their kitchens. The Roma people thronged into streets and gathered in balconies to greet their Indian brethren. One bad aspect of the Roma life was its economic backwardness. People mostly were ill-clad atleast when compared to their European counterparts. On the last day of this Writers Caravan Mr. Jovan Damjanovic announced that a huge five storied complex in the city of Zemun, which was earlier proposed to be a shopping centre, would be turned into an international Indo-Roma Centre where Indian writers, scholars, researchers and artists will teach Roma children Indian Art, Culture and Literature, besides Indian languages like Punjabi & Hindi.

Dev Bhardwaj,
Director, India Inter-Continental Cultural Association
Chandigarh (India)
Cell Phone : ++91-98728-23437
writerdev@rediffmail.com


 

WE WELCOME INDIAN WRITERS
Jovan Damjanovic, BELGRADE
<tvamaro@scnet.yu>
 

At the First Caravan of Indo-Romany Writers, which was held in Serbia from 27th October to 5th November 2007, seven writers from India led by Dev Bhardwaj, Director, IICCA, and President of Writers Club International had meetings with Romany writers, intellectuals, and officials of municipal structures from Zemun, Novi Sad, Nis and Leskovac. The Indian delegation received warm hospitality from the Roma
people, in literal, lingual and cultural manner. Indian delegation was received by Dragan Bojkovic, President of Crveni Krst borough from Nis. A press conference was also organized on the occasion. Zoran Vucevic, President of City Assembly, Goran Cvetanovic, President of Pcinjsko-Jablanicki, District for SRS, and Gordana Pop-Lazic, President of Zemun Borough, also participated in the Conference. An invitation on behalf of the Mayor of Chandigarh was also conveyed to the participating Mayors to attend the international Mayors’ Conference at Chandigarh from 8th to 9th December 2007. During the conference, it was decided that an Indo-Romany Cultural Center should be found in Belgrade. It would be the first center of the kind where writers and artists would be working on joint cultural, social, economic and historical accounts. This center will promote Roms and non-Roms to Kafla Intercontinental (January-April 2008) : 5 Kafla Intercontinental (January-April 2008) : 6 study Hindi language, and Indian history. The exchange of Romany and Indian students and the opening of a computer center with hi-tech equipment to train Romani youth would be the prime objectives of the centre. There has been some serious discussions with this delegation about the restoration of contacts with higher political representatives of India and about recognition of Romany nation from its motherland India. This is an extension of the thread and earlier contacts from Sait Balic, Esma Redzepova, and our other representatives of Romany community with Indira Gandhi in 1983 when she said: “Welcome, dear brothers and sisters, to your motherland”. Indira Gandhi accepted that the Romany nation should be recognized as a separate nation abroad. However, because of the sudden demise of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, there was some stagnation which we are trying break. Being Vice-President of World Roma Parliament, I suggested that 7th World Roma Congress should be held India (in New Delhi or Chandigarh), and after unanimous decision by all it was decided that Mr. Dev Bhardwaj and Dr Shyam Singh Shashi will engage some political corners in India for the realization of this proposal. We have also received support from Mr. Veerendra Rishi, member of World Roma Parliament and he will be engaged for the same when the World Roma Congress will be held in India.
 


 

FROM THE FIRST CARAVAN OF INDO-ROMANY WRITERS, HELD IN THE ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

Belgrade, 28th October 2007.
BAJRAM HALITI,
lawyer, journalist and publicist
hbajram1955@yahoo.com

Respected participators of the First Caravan of Indo-Romany writers, dear guests and friends, ladies and gentleman’s, it is my honor to most-cordially salute you all, respected participators and guests of the Caravan, in a name of organizer – Association of the citizens Romany Federation Serbia, as a lawyer, journalist, publicist, and a member of the Association of writers of the Republic of Serbia.
I am glad that I can salute representatives of the government of the Republic of Serbia, representatives of diplomatic core in our country, representatives of government and non- government organizations, representatives of World Romany Organization, journalists – pressman of agencies, magazines and radio-televisions and all present.
Roms are Indian nation, who are seated in areas of Eastern and Western Europe and in other areas of world, with all attributes which make them special national entity.
Roms have its own history, culture, religion, tradition, literature, own language, own mentality, national heredity, by one word – Roms has its past, its present and its future, as well as all other nations in Europe.
Romany Federation Serbia, which is organizer of the First Caravan of Indo-Romany writers in world, is independent, non-profit, non-government and non-political association, established on 2000 in Zemun.
Aims of this association are affirmation of language, literature and culture of our region in Europe and world, as well as un-disturbed flow of literate values and ideas from European regions and world in hither area. Starting point, which, under that activity of association imply freedom of literate word, freedom of makers and their independence from ideologies and political regimes, realization of equality of literate letters, understanding amongst people and nations.
Romany Federation Serbia will strive to give necessary support to writers who want to get involved in natural literate flow, which necessary basis are multi-culturality, international context and cooperation between writers from all meridians.
These ways defined objectives are realized by association through literate promotions, writers meeting, and topic - related forum, editorial activity, and cooperation with program-related organizations.
Republic of Serbia, apropos Association of writers of the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade is today, for the first time, host of the Caravan of Indo-Romany writers, who will during few days “think about joint and own future” from south to north of Serbia, all under motto “Peace and freedom – whole world is one family”.
7 grandiose eminent participators of the meeting from the Federal Republic of India, few writers from the republics of ex-Yugoslavia, as well as writers from few countries from Balkan, will arrange tenths meetings with literates, and arguments from most-respected theoreticians, academics, journalism-analysts, politicolougists from India and Serbia. There have been foresaw promotions of the books, which were recently published in many editions in India, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.
For 7 days, there will be represented modern Indian and Romany literate scene, and there will be discussed about different social and political themes.
On meetings, there will be talked about roles of artists, especially writers, in creation of national identity, participation in social life, and about theirs public and personal responsibility in a time of newly restoration of diplomatic relationships between Serbia and countries from Europe, region and world.
Aim of the First Caravan of Indo-Romany writers is contribution to affirmation of veritable artistic values, “stimulation of population and further cultural development of positive relationships in culture and society”.
Fundamental idea of the Caravan is a civil dialogue of literates of Romany and Indian qualification with citizens, in a spirit of tolerance, culture of peace and inter-cultural dialogue. Their participation in a Caravan will help their development as future citizens of democratic society in new democratic Serbia, Europe, and whole world.
Naša očekivnja od Karavana jeste afirmaciju jezika, književnosti i kulture naše regije u Evropi i svetu, kao i nesmetan protok književnih vrednosti i ideja iz evropskih regija i sveta na ovdašnjem prostoru; slobodu stvaralaca, ravnopravnosti jezika i književnih pisama, razumevanje među ljudima i narodima da nova demokratska Srbija, sa daljim političkim i demokratskim promenama a u skladu sa principima humanizma, stvori najelementarnije uslove za duhovnu emancipaciju Roma.
20th century was century which was labeled by evil, which all writers from 20th century couldn’t predict. Last decade wasn’t addicted to writers – proximity they all confronted evil.
However, duty of a writer is to testify about his time, subjective and personally, but to testify. Because of that, responsibility is enormous. Gentleman writers, testify. I am with you, by sense, by spirit.
Don’t forget that role of writer is undoubtedly to tell a true. Writer should express unique matter, which belongs only to him; it is little important is it good or is it worthless. Writer doesn’t speech moral, he is a moral.


JOVAN DAMJANOVIĆ,

President of the Romany Federation of the Republic of Serbia, deputy in the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia and vice-president of World Roma Parliament
tvamaro@scnet.yu

Ladies and gentlemen, much respected literates, I feel need to, foremost, thank to Indian delegation of literates, academics and politicolougists, which is leaded by Dev Bhardwaj, to Croatian and Bulgarian delegations.
Allow me to open Caravan of Indo-Romany writers, and to present parts of my reflection on theme “Peace and freedom” – “Whole world is one family”:
20th century survived 2 world wars. Between those 2 wars, even after, there were hundreds of other smaller wars, which differenced by its intensity and amplitude. Some countries enjoyed in quite long periods of peace. However, for all humanity, those periods of peace were actually shorter than periods with war.
In international system, peace exists when conflicts in those system are solved in continuity, without usage if military force.
Now, peace and development are much more actual wish and hope of all nations, especially of nations from countries in development, anent entrance in new millennium. We believe that main tendency of world development is directed to peace and compliance.
Process of movement to multi-lateral world is unstoppable course of world development. However, there should be took care about some new elements which appeared on international political scene. Hegemony’s and politic of right of stronger are getting stronger, new intervenism badly hits concerns and country independence and sovereign of many small countries. Problem of peace and development isn’t solved yet.
To achieve solution of this problem, much more joint efforts are needed of all nations who pawn for peace and development, and who are progressive.
To establish peace, and to get to joint prosperity of humanity, I believe that it is necessary to establish multi-lateral world. Multi-lateral world is a power for restrict of hegemonies. That world is needed for maintain of peace and stability in world, for guarantee of security and sovereign of medium and small countries.
At my opinion, in new century, most-necessary to eliminate every possibility of interventions by bigger and more developed countries, who would violate independence and sovereign of smaller, weaker and less developed countries. In new century, international relationships should be guided by principle of respect of independence, sovereign, territorial integrity and self-appropriation of all nations, regardless if they are small or big, strong or weak, rich, poor, under development or already developed, and by principle of un-tamper to interior matters of all countries, by principle of cooperation and solution conflicts on a calm manner, on basis of equality and reciprocal respect.
No one hasn’t right to misuse concept of protection of human rights and to violate sovereign rights of any country, or provisions of UN Charter or international law, as it happened in a case of SRJ.
What should be specially accented is significance of respect of United Nations and efforts to democratize this international particle, to repress all attempts to do hegemony and to change its primal objective. By other words, United Nations are organization which should fight for peace and cooperation between all countries. In that aspect, Movement of Non-unions can play active role, whose one of the patriarch were Yugoslavia and India. Movement of Non-unions could contribute to shaping of new international relationships in following century, relationships which would be based on equality, and which would match to aspirations of all nations, especially to nations from countries in development.
I am not a poet, but I can say that art is a mate of man from its prime times. Poetry, music and dance, in antecedent associated with rhythm, originated through work and religion. Their role was to make easier physical efforts of man, and to merciful secret forces of nature.
From this meeting, I personally expect that Indo-Romany writers will get translation to both languages, and also, I suggest that in India should be published Anthology of Romany literature, and in Serbia Anthology of Indian literature, contact with highest officials of the Federal Republic of India, acknowledgment of Romany nation from the Federal Republic of India that we are their historical, lingual and cultural national minority, form of Indo-Roma center, induction and research of Hindu language on Philological faculty in Belgrade, induction and research of Romany language on Philological faculty in India, exchange and contiguity of students between Roms in exodus and the Federal Republic of India.
At the end, I am using this opportunity to express heartily congratulations and the best wishes to Indian intellectuals, who will be with us and forgather with Roms all over Serbia. From this meeting, I personally expect that cooperation between our two friendly countries will get stronger.

SRBA IGNJATOVIĆ,
President of the Association of writers of the Republic of Serbia
udps@beotel.yu

As a president, foremost I wish to welcome you to the Association of literates of the Republic of Serbia, and to jointly, with our reflections about peace and freedom – “Whole world is one family”, all together contribute to contrivance of sand of is matter. Also, I want to meet you that this is the biggest Association of writers in Serbia, and the first professional association, established in 1905. This association counts 1500 members. What is most important for this association is that this is association of all national minorities. Our members of Romany qualification always on a best way reflected problems of society where they are seated. 2 years ago, we celebrated 100 years from foundation of our association. We place special efforts for protection of author rights, foremost foreign writers, and when it is about protection of author rights of domestic writers, there is a little harder situation. I want to point that association left without material properties, legatee and funds. We have a big problem with our writers, because one big number of writers is sick. We publish magazine “Knjizevne novine”, we have room for public tribunes, and every year we organize international writer meetings, which lasts already for 44 years. Every year we had writers from India, and from 2008, I hope that you will also answer to our invitation and that you will be our guests.

Thing I want to accent – you should know that Serbia, even when she was in constitution of SFRJ, and foremost our association, always had understand for multi-culturality of all nations and nationality.
I hope that you will have pleasant stay during lasting of the Caravan of Indo-Romany writers.

MR. DEV BHARDWAJ,
Director of the International cultural association in India and a director of magazine “KAFLA”
writerdev@rediffmail.com

My idea was to gather the biggest intellectuals from all parts of India, and to get them close to Romany intellectuals from Balkan, and to be together for a few days on one place. By its reflections about peace and freedom, they will signify battle against violation of human rights, for democracy, freedom of Medias, un-tamper to interior matters of other countries, fight against separatism and unroot of criminal and every kind of corruption. Postulate for that are democratization of international relationships and re-affirmation of prime concepts of international law, liberation of international organizations from practice of instrumentization for narrow objectives and behalf’s of some countries, or a group of countries. Doctrine of globalization, on a way how government of the richest countries projected it, doesn’t mean progress and enabling to whole humanity to enjoy boons of technological and economic prosperity, yet, unfortunately, represents new aspect of exploitation and colonization of less developed from edge of most-developed countries. For nations who, in a name of ideal of humanity, equality and justice, wants to fight for equality and to live a life of venerable person, there are no room in conceptions of creators of new world order, based on concept of so-called globalization and mondialization. We, intellectuals and writers, as well as all progressive world, must organized fight against global violence, by using the strongest weapon we have at disposal – that is intellect. That organized resistance foremost mean moral rebellion and a battle against tyranny and hegemonism, through solidarity of all people and nations who doesn’t agree to be only a tool in hands of pretenders on a chair of master of the world.
Position of poet is in holy trinity, by whom depends destiny of mankind: 3 persons build culture: scientist, artist and a worker. Work of poet which serves to his nation is most-sandly: because man dies, and nation is immortal, and a poet, whose poems are shakes of heart of his nation, is immortal. Literature is a heart of the world, valved by all joys and agonies, imaginations and hopes of people… Literature could be named as an all-seeing eye of the world, whose view infiltrate to deepest secrets of life of man spirit… Literature is never someone personal matter… it is always a matter of epoch, earth, class.
That means that every real poet should be personification of its time, to express what is most-particular and most-uncommon in a soul of epoch.

DR SHYAM SINGH SHASHI,
Academic, writer, journalist and anthropologist
drshashi9@rediffmail.com

India is a sub-continent of Asia, size of 3.165.597 square kilometers, with near 1, 2 billion residents, incredible mix of multitude racial, ethnical, lingual, cultural, religious and who knows what other kind of groups. And yet, India is democratic country, the biggest on a planet, despite to this admixture, despite it is considered as a country in development, etc.
At us, there is a notion about India as a poor and underdeveloped country, which she is and isn’t. But, it is little known that in India there is almost half of billion of urban population, mostly from so-called lower and higher-middle class, mostly educated, with advantage that, as a remainder of colonialism, speak English and can get a job all over the world, even in Europe, where for some categories of Indian experts, Germany and other countries scramble. That is more residents than whole European Union with 25 members, or USA.
There are no doubts that it is necessary to maintain good relationships and cooperation with all our neighbors, naturally, based on reciprocity, striving to don’t get interest or do something similar, under condition, of course, that neighbors are willing to play fair role.
I am an academic, poet, journalist and anthropologist, I have 300 published books. I am glad that I am today with Roms from Balkan. I have spoken in my several books about Roms, I met top of India country that Roms are our nation, and that because of invasion of Mongols, they abandoned its ancient-land India. I requested audience by president and premier of India. I met them that it is time to do something for our Roms, which counts about 15 millions in Europe. I must meet you that in newly time in India there is a new climate of interest for matter of Roms, contrasted to past, and I need to mention foremost Ministry for Diaspora, which is very interested for matter of Roms in exodus. However, I need to tell you that it is very important that you do by yourself something about this matter.
Art is a mate of man from its prime times. Poetry, music and dance, in antecedent associated with rhythm, originated through work and religion. Their role was to make easier physical efforts of man, and to merciful secret forces of nature.
In prehistoric period of time, art had a utilitarian character, I.E. she helped man in work, in fight with natural forces, and she was ingredient of his religion, tool of the magic. But than already art is a recreation, and a source of pleasure, and a picture of soul state.
In those opportunities, when a person alone for itself represents something, poetry linked to individual naturally develops. Its edification character if obvious: sagas and epics should nurture warriors in heroic spirit. That is a way how originated Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. That literate kind is, basically, rhapsody to individual, group or an event, which – by giving of esthetical impression – should educativly affect on latter generations. Little by little, poetry has stopped to be part of every-day life and work, it became on of the shapes of man spiritual activity. Independent, it comes to certain relationships with other arts, with philosophy and science. Man, its creator, becomes conscious of its merits and its influence, and tries to adjust it with his ambitions. Different sentiments about poetry, her source and her part, are born. Amongst poetics and theoreticians, there are predominating 2 opposite tendencies: one side believes that poetry should teach, other side thinks that its mission is to give relaxation, third side labor to reconcile first 2 sides. That was on the prime beginning of historical epoch, and that is by a well part today.
And for Hindus Bharata, drama has been created by God Brahman, “with objective to be support for life and activity of men, with all their different feelings and all their different situations, as a composition for acts of the highest, lowest and middle people, as an instrument of edification, and to impel on heroism, and to afford fun and fortune.
Poet is a particular being, he is lightsome, with valves and priested, and mustn’t sing before he is carried with rapture, before he is out of himself and his still sense. God is serving with them like his servants, by requisiting power of deliberation from poets, as well as from prophets and celestial soothsayers, that we, auditorium, could see that those precious divulgences aren’t pronounced by those who don’t have intelligence, than God itself say them, and that over them he speak to us. Poet has to represent matters on a way that they should be, to create model of fine, not copies of nasty.

DR LIPIPIPUSPA NAYAK,
Literary critic
lipipusparbn@yahoo.com

I am rejoiced, and foremost, I want to thank to Mr. Bhardwaj, ho enabled me to be a member of Indian delegation and to forgather for a few days, to roam the biggest density of Roms in Serbia, and to exchange opinions with Romany intellectuals and Romany nation all over Republic of Serbia.
Poetry is a completion of human spiritual and mental powers: inside her are knowledge, and science, and beauty, she affords cognition, and moral support, and fun, and pleasure. Poetry is something really divine… poetry makes immortal everything what is the best and most beautiful in a world… she ransom from doom divine inspirations inside man, she has a magical power to convert everything into loveliness, to render nice to beautiful, and ugly nice, to marry pain with pleasure, infinity with variety…
And a poet, that prophet who creates for people loftiest wisdoms, pleasures, purities and beauties, should be the best, the happiest, the most glorious amongst people. Coevals often disparage him, however time reward him by erasing all his faults and by accent of all his merits.


DR HARISH KUMAR THAKUR,
Politologist

If an artist is a moral person then art will be moral. And her main objective would be to express truth about man soul, to express those secrets, which couldn’t be told by simple words. Because of that art exists. Profession of poets is extremely hard, almost martyry, apostolic: sacrifice and suffer – that is a destiny of speculator and artists, because their objective is welfare of people. Writer accepted the greatest duty: serving to true, peace and freedom. He should recite deep thoughts and great truths simply, that people could understand him: I denominate miserable art which is available only for elected.


DR MOHANKUMAR RAMASAMY,
Writer

India has geo-political advantages – long-term and eminent roles in world matters, but from many reasons (interior and external), that didn’t played role which it owned for many years. It was distinctive role on new independent country of the Third world and pioneers of non-unionity; actually, that was a specific role. Other countries also regarded her as a new model, and often as a portparol of majority of new independent countries of the Third world. And now, India is a nuclear might. It is detriment that India for many years, especially after finish of cold war, doesn’t play that role which is justified by her geo-political advantages and prospects of other countries. It is time for India to conceive those prospects, and affirm herself with more positive, more dynamic role, comparatively to its advantages and its heredity. I am not a poet, I am a scientist, and I will certainly in that scope help integration of Roms in a world.

VELIMPARAMPIL MICHAEL PHILIPOSE,
Writer, composer and performer of
traditional primary songs of India

I am glad that I am today with Romany writers. I must admonish you that literacy existed and that literacy exists from ancient. Also, I am glad that literature of Roms during last few years is much versatile and richest, as for child thus for adults, disregarding it is created in a shape of grandiose European literature. Literature of this small-numbered Indian nation in exodus is in good measure recognized by our readers, thank to foremost its translators and promoters, like Bajram Haliti, whose book Tadz Mahal is translated on Asam language in India, like Cana Kasum, and many other Romany writers, whose names I cant remember right now.

DR SREEDHARAN PARAKODE,
Writer
parokodesreedharan@yahoo.co.in

Art shouldn’t be mean of jam, yet one of conditions of men’s life, one of the ways of mutual dealing of people, and because of that and one of the tools of progress, I.E. movement of humanity forward, to perfection, to universal brotherhood, to God’s Kingdom ( and that means kingdom of love ) on earth. In that sense, science and art are necessary to people like food, drink and clothes, even more necessary.

VELI HUSEN
Member of World Roma Parliament in charge for matter of Croatian Roms

Ladies and Gentlemen, foremost, I want to salute you all in a name of World Roma Parliament, and foremost to thank to Mr.Jovan Damjanovic and Bajram Haliti, who invited me to participate on a Caravan of Indo-Romany writers.

As a member of World Roma Parliament, I want to meet you that democratic politic atmosphere in Europe is prosperous, when it is about development of new democratic system of minority rights, it is realized by consistent outroot of all shapes of nationalism, and specially by removing consequences of afore negative practice and injustice, which were done against some minorities, by resolve of ethnical stereotypes and prejudices, by permanent education of citizens, specially young, for tolerance, dialogue and value of multi-cultural societies, where specially responsibility is over educational system and Medias.

CANA KASUM
Member of the Association of Roms from Croatia
romacana@yahoo.com

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad that I again see organizers of the First Caravan of Indo-Romany writers, under organization of Romany Federation Serbia.
It is certainly that this is one more try to close Indo-Romany intellectuals on a wider plan, from it is expected to offer answer on question who are Roms, where they from, and that it is final time that Roms work something on this joint plan.


BAJRAM HALITI,
Member of World Roma Parliament in charge for matter of Roms from Kosovo and Metohija, president of the Central office of Roms from Kosovo, lawyer, journalist and publicist
Ladies and gentleman, esteemed literature fellows, at the beginning of my presentation I'm obliged, as a lawyer, journalist, publisher, ethicists and a member of the World's Parliament of Romanies in charge of the tasks of Kosovo Romanies, to express the gratitude to mister Dev Bhardvejn, the president of organizational committee of the second festival of writers in India by whose invitation I, as a writer, am invited to express my thoughtfulness above historical survival of Romany people that is, in today's world, known by great victims and sufferings for the freedom which is the core Romany collective spirit and moral. These features made Romany people historical in the Hegelian meaning of the word, and in my understanding of humans fate – tragic.

We live in the time in which permanent changes are inevitable and the governing tradition. The rhythm of these changes becomes faster in developing energies of our civilization. Temporal and continual relation between old and new, past and present, conservative and modern, revolutionary and contra revolutionary becomes not only relative but also diffusional. For that reason it is very difficult to name the essential traditions of a society and culture and to mark their essence and unity by any common term. It is even more difficult to preserve the original meaning and values of the tradition among all these radical transformations of modern world.

Ever presented question – who are we and we do we go? Is also fronted to our generation but with certain modern quotations – how to defend man's integrity and free development of human character from the terrifying manipulations, controls and miseries over a man that of which are consisted political, economic, and technical powers of the world.
 

On this question cannot answer modern, pragmatic, specialized science. This essential question mostly does not concern the majority of the modern writers. But, if we do care about humanistic role in our civilization “classical speculations” about a man and the purpose of his existence must be creatively actualized. The answer on this question today gives political ideology which is the main responsible for many disasters, such as wars and revolutions, but also scientifically mischiefs and technical development of twenty century. Today every speculation about the peace, freedom, man's destiny, the future of people and mankind also contains consideration about the history and pre-history of the present, considering the identity of every single being, choice and valuable grounding of the main traditions in culture.

We are not conscious how much and in what ways is alerted world we live in. he speedily transforms ant tomorrow won't be what is today. And how will one small people that by decades was on the life's subway accept these changes and direct rationally his way and the rhythm of changes?

The question of Romanies is democratic question. There is no a single human right that doesn't stands out of life's interests of Romany people. Romany question is the question of liberation and affirmation of national identity. The question of Romanies is civilizational question.

It is perhaps the most important question on the ground of Europe. And the question is – how to develop human and national potentials, how to raise the quality of life, and how to reform education?

Twenty first century has planted on the ground of the whole world heavy delusions and difficult misunderstandings among people. I assort myself among those who believe and so is the literature invited to work on overcoming of present delusions and misunderstandings by her humanistic spirit. But for that role we need peace, liberty, knowledge and conscious. We have, at first place to truly know each other, to consider and name our identity today, defend and affirm existential values of our collective being into his historical existence.

In searching for the purpose of our existence it is really essential to see in the history – a man, in the national destiny – the destiny of a man, in a community- a single person, behind national and social ideologies – personal motives for “creating history”, behind flags, arms and patriotic words – a man's face, the beat of his heart, and the shape of his soul.
 

And we, Romany, that doesn't belong to the nations of world, whose heads are bent to the dust, will know that this dust is more sacred than the blocks from which the powerful raise their towers. This dust is fertile with the life, beauty and dignity. We will praise the God because he left to us to spend centuries of despair in silence, to stand provocations of insolent and the cargo of the powerful. We will praise the God because in all our distresses although our heart trembled with fear and anxiousness we never blindly believed in the salvation that machinery will bring, but we remained faithful to the God and to the truth of a human soul. We still nurse the hope that we will, when the power ashame to grab the throne and when she becomes ready to make the room for the love, when breaks the morning in which will be erased the traces left by the nation who stooped the mankind, be invited to clear our dishes with the holly water, the water for recovering the consciousness, to clean the humans history again and to bless with fertility the stooped dust of centuries.

I have to remind you that it is a high time for renewing closely relation of friendship which is the only natural relation among nations. There should be made lively traffic between the two hearts. We all should be parts of unique nervous system and be able to feel the deepest necessities of a mankind. We should not live in fear from each other, we should not be armed, should not keep each other under the hand of power, we should not be led with personal interests. We should change our ideas and ideals, give and receive the gifts of the divine love. We must not allow that differences in language and culture prevent us from loving each other. No racial proud and insolence because of superiority – spiritual or physical – should spoil our relations. We should allow that under the light of unified hearts grow new leaves and new flowers of literature, to allow that people from different countries and with different histories narrate that what makes the highest stadium of unity and the deepest relationship of love.

Political civilization that is present on the ground of the Southeastern Europe, which remind me on some wild, useless bur evil plant that spreads quickly, is based on turning out. She tends to keep small people under her power or to destroy them. She is cannibalistic in her tendencies and feeds with the essential supply of other people's life she is trying to swallow all their future. She is always in fear that some other people would be more respected so she declares them dangerous and than tries to erase all the symptoms of greatness above her boundaries. She keeps down that people which is weaker than she so that they remain weak forever. She betrays the confidence unshamefully, spreads networks of lies and in hers temple nurses the idols of greediness on which she is proud. She also boasts with the expensive god's services which she calls patriotism.

A man can with a certainty deny that this state will last forever because in the world does exist moral law to which are submitted not only individuals but also organized communities. You can't in the name of your nation forever step across those laws and as an individual enjoy their good side ! This public ruining of ethical ideals slowly affects every member of a society, gradually and invisibly weaken a man using cynical dis confidence toward everything that is sacred and worth of respect in a human nature, and that is the first sign of oldness.

It is perhaps the most important question on the ground of Europe. And the question is – how to develop human and national potentials, how to raise the quality of life, and how to reform education?

Twenty first century has planted on the ground of the whole world heavy delusions and difficult misunderstandings among people. I assort myself among those who believe and so is the literature invited to work on overcoming of present delusions and misunderstandings by her humanistic spirit. But for that role we need peace, liberty, knowledge and conscious. We have, at first place to truly know each other, to consider and name our identity today, defend and affirm existential values of our collective being into his historical existence.

In searching for the purpose of our existence it is really essential to see in the history – a man, in the national destiny – the destiny of a man, in a community- a single person, behind national and social ideologies – personal motives for “creating history”, behind flags, arms and patriotic words – a man's face, the beat of his heart, and the shape of his soul.

And we, Romany, that doesn't belong to the nations of world, whose heads are bent to the dust, will know that this dust is more sacred than the blocks from which the powerful raise their towers. This dust is fertile with the life, beauty and dignity. We will praise the God because he left to us to spend centuries of despair in silence, to stand provocations of insolent and the cargo of the powerful. We will praise the God because in all our distresses although our heart trembled with fear and anxiousness we never blindly believed in the salvation that machinery will bring, but we remained faithful to the God and to the truth of a human soul. We still nurse the hope that we will, when the power ashame to grab the throne and when she becomes ready to make the room for the love, when breaks the morning in which will be erased the traces left by the nation who stooped the mankind, be invited to clear our dishes with the holly water, the water for recovering the consciousness, to clean the humans history again and to bless with fertility the stooped dust of centuries.

I have to remind you that it is a high time for renewing closely relation of friendship which is the only natural relation among nations. There should be made lively traffic between the two hearts. We all should be parts of unique nervous system and be able to feel the deepest necessities of a mankind. We should not live in fear from each other, we should not be armed, should not keep each other under the hand of power, we should not be led with personal interests. We should change our ideas and ideals, give and receive the gifts of the divine love. We must not allow that differences in language and culture prevent us from loving each other. No racial proud and insolence because of superiority – spiritual or physical – should spoil our relations. We should allow that under the light of unified hearts grow new leaves and new flowers of literature, to allow that people from different countries and with different histories narrate that what makes the highest stadium of unity and the deepest relationship of love.

Political civilization that is present on the ground of the Southeastern Europe, which remind me on some wild, useless bur evil plant that spreads quickly, is based on turning out. She tends to keep small people under her power or to destroy them. She is cannibalistic in her tendencies and feeds with the essential supply of other people's life she is trying to swallow all their future. She is always in fear that some other people would be more respected so she declares them dangerous and than tries to erase all the symptoms of greatness above her boundaries. She keeps down that people which is weaker than she so that they remain weak forever. She betrays the confidence unshamefully, spreads networks of lies and in hers temple nurses the idols of greediness on which she is proud. She also boasts with the expensive god's services which she calls patriotism.

A man can with a certainty deny that this state will last forever because in the world does exist moral law to which are submitted not only individuals but also organized communities. You can't in the name of your nation forever step across those laws and as an individual enjoy their good side ! This public ruining of ethical ideals slowly affects every member of a society, gradually and invisibly weaken a man using cynical dis confidence toward everything that is sacred and worth of respect in a human nature, and that is the first sign of oldness.

Belgrade,

8. XI. 2007

Pictures:


Dev Bhardwaj addressing at Writers Club, Belgrade (Serbia) President, Writers Club, Serbia (centre)
reciting a poem
Dev Bhardwaj being honoured by Jovan Damjanovic

 

Ms. Hanan Awwad (Palestine) being honoured by Jovan Damjanovic

Group Photo with President (right)
Writers Club Serbia

Indian writers with Jovan Damjanovic & others

     
 

 
 

Casum Cana (Centre) from Croatia
with Indian writers