Many Indian languages are losing their oral literature and globalisation isn’t the reason for the loss of this intrinsic fabric of culture, parliament was informed Tuesday.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Culture and Tourism Minister Shripad Yesso Naik said: “It is true that globalisation is affecting languages in the sense that many languages under pressure are losing oral literature and words related to culture, especially food items, dress and ornaments, rituals, flora and fauna.”

India’s Out of Print Magazine announces that it will run a special short fiction feature for DNA.  To reference the choices made, and the transitions effected by this extraordinary Lok Sabha election in India, the theme of the fiction feature is CHOICE.

Here’s what DNA is looking for:

“We are not seeking literal interpretations. Stories could comment on the alienation of contemporary life or, in contrast, emphasise the irrelevance of our societal structures by reflecting upon nature. Works could be personal, political or social. But ultimately they should bear some adherence to the theme – CHOICE. Or its lack!”