“Kashmir Qalam” released

February 10, 2010

Kashmir is an oppressed nation: Taing            

Writers should work for the unity of the State: Bhasin

Jammu, Feb 08: Maintaining that Kashmir was an oppressed nation, noted writer Mohammad Yusuf Taing Monday said its history was soaked in blood and writers should represent the true aspirations of the people. Veteran journalist Ved Bhasin also called for restoration of political rights to Kashmiri people and asked the littérateurs to work toward the State’s unity.

Both Taing and Bhasin were speaking at a function organized by Adbee Markaz Kamraz to release Taing’s latest Urdu book ‘Kashmir Qalam’ at Abhinav Theatre here.

Bhasin who was the chief guest on the occasion said he was for the political rights of the people and condemned suppression and oppression of any community or section of the society.

He said Kashmiris had always been suppressed. “I support Kashmiri cause but I’ve a reason to do that. I believe in freedom of people,” he said.

Bhasin castigated the politicians who were hell bent upon dividing the State on communal, regional and linguistic basis.

“This is a fascist mindset and you should fight against it,” he told the writers.

He said that any genuine voice cannot be suppressed with force.

He expressed concern over the atrocities being committed by troops in Naxal affected areas.

The veteran journalist also took a dig at the State government for ignoring Urdu, which is an official language.

He lauded AMK for organizing the programme in Jammu and said that contribution of Taing was rich.

Taing in his speech said his book contains some historical write ups.

Turning to the plight of Kashmiris he said people were facing repression and oppression. “It is a blood soaked place where parents do not know what is in store for their children.” He said history had brought us in the centre of the world politics.

He called for resolution of Kashmir issue saying “it is a threat to world peace”.

“We all have suffered but it is time to resolve the issue,” he said.

Taing said AMK was playing a pioneering role in preserving and protecting Kashmiri language. “It is the heart beat of Kashmir,” he said.

In his paper Farooq Nazki appreciated the genius of Taing and said that history seldom produced prolific writers like Taing.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Cultural Academy, Zafar Iqbal Manhas said that writers like Taing were assets for the State.

He said that the State needed services and patronage of personalities like Taing. Countering both Taing and Bhasin who advocated ‘Azadi’ for Kashmir, Manhas asked “which kind of Azadi we’re asking for. What’s the meaning of Azadi”.

“I am surprised in one corner it is heavily snowing and on the other a seven-year-old is throwing stones.”

He called for having a space for intellectual discourse which, according to him, could be the best form of Azadi. Manhas also lauded AMK for its work.

The programme proceedings were conducted by noted journalist and Secretary General, AMK, Syed Shujaat Bukhari while the President AMK Aziz Hajini presented the welcome address.

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