Tehzeeb Mahal on anvil: Manhas

June 20, 2010

Tributes paid to Mohiuddidn Hajini

Ahsan awarded Khilat-e-Hajini

Rising Kashmir News

Hajin, June 20: Work on ambitious project of Tehzeeb  Mahal  for Kashmir is likely to begin soon, Secretary Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages Zaffar Iqbal Manhas said here on Sunday with a plea to discourage one-man cultural organizations. He said Academy was ready to support genuine organizations for promotion of Kashmiri language and culture.

Zaffar was speaking at a function organized here to pay tributes to Prof Mohiuddin Hajini on his 18th death anniversary. The function was organized by Academy and Halqa-e-Adab Sonawari and attended by a galaxy of writers, poets, scholars and students.

In his key note address, Zaffar asked Hajini’s lovers to discover him in real sense of terms. “If we speak truth this would be biggest tribute to him,” he said.

Calling for collective efforts to promote and preserve culture, he said that work on Tehzeeb Mahal will begin soon and land has been identified for that. “A project for Rs 50 crores has been finalized for that and Chief Minister is keen to see that work starts on the project,” he said.

He appealed writers to discourage the one-man cultural organizations who are exploiting the cause for their personal interests.

“It is sad to see veteran writers receiving awards from these people,” Zaffar said, adding that such one-man organizations organize a single function in a year to give “useless” awards to get publicity. “And pity is that these big writers rush for those awards given by non entities.”

He said it was fall of the culture and there was need to arrest this trend.“As far as Academy is concerned we will support genuine organizations only,” Zaffar said.

Former Chairman of Public Service Commission Muhammad Shafi Pandit who presided over the function paid tributes to Prof Hajini and described him as a scholar par excellence.

He also expressed concern over the present state of Kashmiri language and said it was not being practiced in homes.

“We need to look for reasons as to why we are lagging behind,” Pandit said.

He maintained that Kashmir was incomplete without Kashmiri pandits, referring to presence of prominent writers Makhan Lal Kanwal, Piyaray Hatash and H K Kher.

General Secretary, Adbee Markaz Kamraz, Syed Shujaat Bukhari while paying tributes to Prof Hajini said that beauty of his personality was that he never compromised on his stand.

“Hajini Saheb is an investment for us with we are going ahead with our activities. He is great source of inspiration for AMK,” he said, adding, “We are working on publishing his unpolished essays in English and will also compile his other works.” Noted writer Farooq Nazki said that important aspect of Prof Hajini’s life was yet to be explored.

“It is the political aspect. He was a political bird who talked about human rights when no one could dare to do so.” Nazki admitted that contemporary writers have failed to highlight the present situation in their works.

“Hajini has faced atrocities and repression and no one talks about that” he said. Prof Kher recalled a few anecdotes and said “Prof Hajini was not only a teacher of Arabic but a scholar of comprehensive knowledge. He would know everything about nuclear science even.” Language, he said was a strong bond between people. Prof Kher demanded that Mohiuddin Hajini chair should be set up in Kashmir University. Director Radio Kashmir Bashir Aarif suggested that Hajin Higher Secondary should be named after this great personality.

Prof Rasheed Nazki who presided over one session said, “This day gives us a feeling that whosoever does good work for Kashmiri cannot be forgotten.” But he admitted that injustice had been done to Prof Hajini as much of his works are yet to be published. Parliament Member Shariefuddin Shariq paid rich tributes to Hajini. “He was a political critic, thinker and scholar of excellence,” Shariq said.

Through his writing, Shariq said he showed a way to an ordinary Kashmiri and made him aware about his being, culture and surroundings. Shariq said that Kashmiri was a rich language and needed to be preserved.

On the occasion “Khilat-e-Hajini” the annual award of Halqa-e-Adab was given to Mohammad Ahsan Ahsan, noted writer and treasurer of AMK, for his contribution to language. President AMK, Aziz Hajini who is also member of Halqa-e-Adab read out the citation. “I did not deserve this award but I still accept it,” Ahsan said.

Prominent writer and District and Sessions Judge Baramulla Mohammad Nazir Fida read out a detailed paper on life of Prof Hajini. He narrated anecdotes as one of the favourite students of Hajini.

Senior PDP leader and MLA Nizamuddin Bhat, Deputy Commissioner Budgam Mohammad Rafi, Syed Rasul Pompur, Mashal Sultanpuri and others also spoke on the occasion.

Galaxy of writers who attended the function included Director Doordarshan Rafiq Masoodi, Ghulam Nabi Khayal, Fida Rajourvi, Rukhsana Jabeen, Qazi Mohammad Amin,

Sultanul Haque Shaheedi, Fayaz Tilgami, Shehnaz Rasheed and Zamir Ansari.

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