20 October, 2020

OPINION | 'Moi Axomiya' - Why It’s Wrong To Smear Assamese Poet Syed Abdul Malik’s Work From 1941 With Communal Dirt

The answer is plain misreading of the text, and the context, in one stanza rather than the whole poem, writes academician Abhigyan Anurag

OPINION | 'Moi Axomiya' - Why It’s Wrong To Smear Assamese Poet Syed Abdul Malik’s Work From 1941 With Communal Dirt
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2020-05-09T18:57:40+05:30

The sharp clinical scalpel of an analyst is sometimes required to protect the compassionate nib of a poet, an author. Such an occasion has risen from a recent post on social media—that blank verse of the free world in which moral goalposts shift as easily and frequently as sand dunes. This virtual world of chicanery found an odd candidate for an unfettered slanging match: an ode to Assam, its people, culture, diversity and natural beauty written by a 22-year-old dreamer in 1941. The poem is Moi Axomiya (I’m Assamese), which has held out the sands of time. It was first published in Banhi, a popular Assamese magazine edited by the legendary Lakshminath Bezbarua. The poet was Syed Abdul Malik (1919-2000)—a Padma Bhushan and Sahitya Akademi award-winning author, one of Assam’s finest, whose biographical Dhanya Nara Tanu Bhaal is considered the best-ever tome on Sankardev, the 16th-century Assamese philosopher-reformist who founded the Bhakti or Vaishnav movement in this corner of the planet straddling the Brahmaputra.

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