Bilkulonline.com, Surat, Feb 26:
A two days impressive programme by the Muslim Writers Academy (MWA) was organized in Surat on 24th and 25th February, which marked its 10th year.
President of the MWA, Y M Saiyed along with his vice presidents Nazneen Saherwala, Abdul Rashid Shaikh and Secretaries Zainab Kadri and Musaddiq Kanungo along with organizational support of Jainul Ansari, President, Koshish Foundation received laurels from the community for organizing the two day conference in Surat.
Faruk Patel Chairman of KP Group of companies and a prominent social leader of Surat presided over the award function He stressed on the dire need of quality education for our children and youngsters which can empower employ them with dignified earning and establish them in the society with their head held high.
Patel also highlighted the fact that the media should play a more constructive and proactive role in bringing to light the progress and achievements of institutions and groups of the community, rather than hovering on small issues, this, he said would motivate and encourage those who are rendering their services towards the community at large.
Prof Hemant Kumar Shah addressed the gathering on the subject of “Development and Freedom in the present context”. Prof of Economics and a prominent orator Prof Shah is known for his authentic and interesting study of facts and figures which topple the tall claims of the Gujarat state government in its claim of ‘development’.
Prof Hemant Shah through his studied speech thwarted the balloon of ‘Gujarat model’ and attributed it to be more of a ‘myth’. He substantiated his claim with facts and figures quoting various government schemes and different announcements made by the elected leaders in different years and its corresponding truth or reality on the ground.
Prof Shah said it was a pity that people were still under the spell of such a “Gujarat Model” which had to do with the ‘feel good’ factor that the government had managed to eject through its machinery and false propaganda.
Prof Shah exclaimed that in reality “It is the development of the poverty”. He pointed out that in present time, five factors or systems that should be guarding our well-being have in fact been overpowering us. They are namely Family, Society, Religion, Market and State.
“Freedom is the most important right of and for a human being, even before his God or all other rights” said Prof Shah.
He further said “We must be free to express what we feel. We should not be controlled in expressing our objection or criticism towards ruling parties’ policies or style of functioning. If freedom of speech and expression is curtailed then we are reduced to live the life of a bird an insect” lamented Shah.
To the curious audience Prof Shah informed about the “increased domination and influence of corporates in our country.
It gives an impression of a ‘Corpoment’ instead of a government which should be of the people, for the people and by the people”.
He concluded his remarks with a Hindi couplet “sirf hangama khada karna mera makhsad nahi …meri koshish hai ki ye soorat badalni chahiye”
Dr Farhat Khan, researcher and educationist from Mumbai shared her views about the role of women writers during and around the Independence Movement of our country. She highlighted the important role played by Urdu and Hindi women writers, novelists and columnists who brought to light the issues of inequality and injustice meted out to women through fiction, verses, songs and stories.
Mujahid Nafees, Convenor, Minority Coordination Committee, Ahmedabad delivered his effective address and pointed out the fact that “Gujarat government was not bothered to address core issues pertaining to the minorities of Gujarat, to have a separate ministry and a welfare board within the state whereas centre has it. Without chewing his words Nafees stated that there was a systematic myth spread outside Gujarat about Muslims in Gujarat to have become flourished and stable economically which he said was untrue and in contrast majority of the Muslim youth were earning their livelihood from petty sources like thelewals, garage workers and so on. On the whole, he said plight of Muslims is financially pathetic in Gujarat and seeks immediate and sincere attention from Government”.
Earlier, on Saturday, an Urdu-Gujarati Mushaera was organized. Guest poets on the occasion included Abid Bhatt, Dr. Hasan Lunat Vitan and Hanif Mehri. It was presided by prominent Urdu poet from Rander,Surat Iqbal Vaseem Malik. Mehbub Aalam conducted the Mushaera while Shahjeha Shaad was the organizer.
The second day of the Conference on 25th Feb witnessed awards and recognition event. Details were as below:
Awards & Awardees:
Award: Maulana Raza Ahmed Khan to Gori Yusuf Husen (International fame calligraphy artist)
Award: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Award to Lateef Surti (senior writer and poet)
Maulana Ali Miya Nadwi Award to Hanif Mehri (distinguished journalist and poet, Valsad)
Maulana Abul Aala Maududi Award to Abid Bhatt (noted poet from Himmatnagar)
Distinguished journalists Shakeel Saiyed, Arif Nalbandh, Vahab Belim, Afraz Shaikh, Israel Shaikh, Nazir Pandor and Rafat Nayeem Quadri were honoured for their quality contribution in the field of media.
Dr. Mehrunnisa Desai, Dr Inteqab Ansari, Iqbal Vaseem Malik (poet) Rubina Multani (Calligraphy artist) were honoured for their valuable contribution to the society through their own skill in writing and social work.
Founder President of the Academy Maulana Habiburrehman Matadar graced the programme with his blessings. Moosabhai Patel and former presidents were also present at the occasion.
Effective compeering by prominent journalists of Surat Faysal Bakili and Nasreen Mansuri added charm and value to the programme.