I am very happy to know that a new interactive portal titled Jwalanam meant to promote art and literature is going live today with sections devoted to various arts while also addressing a range of concerns. I am particularly glad that there are spaces for self-expression here in the form of blogs, films and works of art and literature with a special concern for the new generation. We are living in times when such spaces for expression and debate, so essential to democracy, are fast shrinking and arguments are being replaced more and more by abuse and even annihilation. I hope the portal will soon grow into a vibrant space for the spectacular display of the freedom of the soul and fearlessness that alone can save the human species from intellectual decadence and spiritual extinction. Let it embody what its title implies, and represent the fire of knowledge that burns down ignorance and the flame of truth that makes the invisible visible.
— K. Satchidanandan