Dr Ahad cites HR violation, mishandling of Shopian case,discrimination against youth as key reasons
Srinagar Oct 02-2009: In protest against what he called as government’s ‘intriguing silence’ on human rights violation in the Valley, ‘camouflaging of Shopian double rape and ‘triple’ murder perpetrators and ‘brazen’ discrimination against Kashmir youth, celebrated Kashmiri Author and Historian Dr Abdul Ahad has refused
to accept the award announced for his contribution in history.
The award giving ceremony was held on October 1 at SKICC organised by ‘Gulshan Books’. The awards were given by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Education Minister, Peerzada Mohammad Syed and J&K Bank Chairman, Dr Haseeb Drabu.
Dr Ahad who was sitting in the front row didn’t get up when his name was announced for the award. Instead he declined to come to podium in protest against several governments, who he said, had failed to do any good to Kashmiris.
Dr Ahad told Rising Kashmir on Friday that he turned down the award on intellectual and moral grounds.
“I was not supposed to accept the award because of government’s intriguing silence over growing human rights violations from past two decades in the Valley,” he said.
Dr Ahad also said that culprits of Shopian rape and murder case were “intentionally”
allowed to hide while as ostrich like attitude adopted towards brazen discrimination perpetrated against Kashmir youth in employment, selections in civil services and other burning issues were enough reason to decline accepting the awards.
He also said that the invitation card he was given prior to the ceremony said that Kashmir’s prominent Historians will distribute the awards.
“But I was shocked to see education minister on the podium whose name also figured in the infamous sex scandal in the award giving function,” he said.
He also said that he was not impressed with the 42 books on Kashmir history and Sufism that were released in the function.
The historian also cited reasons like “poor reprinting” of books of yore into modern reprints, flawed editing on reprints by “inexperienced editors”, and ignorance about book publishing art for his refusal.
“The quacks have literally massacred English language and its grammar beyond proposition and thereby corroded the valuable original content,” he said adding that other reasons include lackadaisical attitude of power that be regarding preservation of our historical capital and the teaching of Kashmir history at schools and colleges.
Dr Ahad further said that historical Pather Masjid has been allowed by successive governments to vandalize by permitting mushroom growth of shops around to appease political supporters. Source Rising Kashmir