Writers Speak Against Communalism and Casteism

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ALIGARH December 17: Progressive Writers’ Association, Aligarh organized a story reading session at Non- Resident Students Centre (NRSC) Club, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.

The stories read out addressed pertinent issues related to communal and caste based politics and talked about national and individual identity. The stories discussed took up matters which have relevance at national as well as international level.  The first story entitled “Hindu Muslim Bhai Bhai” read out by Ashiq Ali was about the ugly face of communalism in the backdrop of Babri Masjid–Ramjanambhumi-driven communal riots of the 1990s. The story was appreciated for its historical realism. Madih ur Rahman Suhaib read out a poignant story about a character who has lost himself in everyday routine. He discovers himself in his interaction with an innocent child. However, at the end even here the question of religious identity overrides other notions of identity following a communal riot. The climax of the story was particularly very effective. Iftekhar Alam Khan’s story “Najis” with its well structured plot highlighted the hypocrisy of the feudal society in its treatment of the so called untouchables. All stories generated very heated discussions.

The session was attended by a large number of faculty members and students of Aligarh Muslim University which included Dr Ved Prakash, Dr Ajay Bisaria, Dr Shambhnath Tiwari, Professor Tariq Chatari, Mahtab Haidar Naqvi, Dr Siraj Ajmali, Dr Tasadduq Hussain, Dr Abdul Waheed, Dr Arif Naqvi, Dr Rashmi Attri, Dr Samina Khan and Dr Akbar Joseph Arjun Syed, Dr Aysha Munira Rasheed and the famous poet  Jamuna Prasad Raahi. The programme was conducted by Dr Mohd Asim Siddiqui.

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