Left Menu
Development News Edition

'Miya' poet expresses regret if his writing hurt Assamese sentiments

PTI | Guwahati | Updated: 14-07-2019 16:46 IST | Created: 14-07-2019 16:44 IST
'Miya' poet expresses regret if his writing hurt Assamese sentiments
Image Credit: Pixabay

A leading 'Miya' poet, who was among the 10 poets booked after a video of his poem about alleged discrimination towards Bengali-speaking Muslims in Assam was shared online, expressed regret if his writing had hurt Assamese sentiments. Hafiz Ahmed said he had written the poem in 2016 and it was not related to the citizenship determination exercise, whose final list is slated to be released on July 31.

"I cannot think of insulting Assamese sentiment through my poems. I had contributed to Assamese literature since long," Ahmed said in a statement on Saturday. "I was even physically assaulted for standing in support of Assamese language," he said. "Still, if my poem has hurt the sentiments of anyone, then I express my regret."

The controversy erupted after a group of poets recently uploaded on social media a video of the 'I am Miya' poem written by Ahmed. The poem, in an East Bengali dialect, spoke about the alleged discrimination towards Bengali-speaking Muslims in Assam over the years and especially during the updating process of the National Register of Citizens.

Following this, senior journalist Pranabjit Doloi filed a complaint last Thursday against 10 poets of the genre, accusing them of labelling Assamese as xenophobic in their poems. Apart from Ahmed, other poets against whom an FIR was filed are Rehana Sultana, Abdur Rahim, Ashraful Hussain, Abdul Kalam Azad, Kazi Sharowar Hussain alias Kazi Neel, Shalim M Hussain, Karishma Hazarika, Banamallika Choudhury and Forhad Bhuyan.

Guwahati Deputy Commissioner of Police Ramandeep Kaur said on Sunday that no arrests had been made, but the investigation was on. "I am not against the genre of the 'Miya poetry' or the Muslims, but I am against the content of the poems," Doloi told PTI.

In a statement, Noted litterateur and educationist Hiren Gohain and a group of social activists appealed for peace during the sensitive period of the NRC Updation and denounced the filing of the FIR, saying such an action cannot be supported in a democracy. The activists, however, criticised the genre and alleged that the poems in the East Bengali dialects were aimed at "weakening" the Assamese language. They also expressed concern over the poets writing in their own dialects despite knowing Assamese well.

Nevertheless, they called for a healthy debate between supporters and opponents of the genre.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.



Diya Jalao for COVID 19: How Modi put Power Grids and power warriors at risk?

While Prime Minister Narendra Modis staunch supporters are busy in search of hidden science behind the sudden announcement of 9minutes9pm campaign but his ignorance of the actual science has put the nation in another danger. The scientists ...

Energy markets post-COVID 19: Recovery may take time, transition to continue

As oil markets have crashed, the experts believe the oil prices will come down drastically and continue making the energy transition a financial burden for many economies for a couple of years.  However, the market alone was never...

'Diya jalao' for COVID 19: Modi needs to practice his teachings and control fake news on social media

In his video message to the nation on Friday the Prime Minister talks about peoples collective power to win the invincible. However, he has made no concreate efforts to win over the confidence and represent the collective power of the polit...

Tourism post-COVID 19: Lessons learned, out-of-box strategies to ensure the revival

In the pre-COVID 19 period the tourism industry was seen with much hope throughout the world. However, the COVID 19 pandemic has completely paralysed the tourism industry and its dependent sectors. The tourism industry in the post-COVID 19 ...


Latest News

19 killed in clash between drug gangs in northern Mexico

A big shootout between rival drug gangs killed 19 people in the northern Mexico border state of Chihuahua, state prosecutors office said Saturday. A total of 18 corpses, two grenades, vehicles and guns were found at the scene of the clash i...

On this day in 2005: MS Dhoni scored his first international century

It was on April 5, 2005, when MS Dhoni registered his first international century in the game of cricket. The former skipper registered the feat against Pakistan in the second ODI of the six-match series.The match was played at the Dr. Y.S....

Rajkot-based company holds successful trial of indigenous ventilator

A Rajkot based firm, Jyoti CNC, held a successful trial of ventilator Dhaman 1 manufactured by them, on Saturday. The firm will give 1000 ventilators free of cost to the Gujarat government. The cost of one ventilator is around Rs 1 lakh.Whi...

Chef Ranveer Brar conducts largest online culinary masterclass exclusively for IIHM students before e-Chat exam

New Delhi India April 5 ANIPRNewswire The International Institute of Hotel Management IIHM has set milestones again in the world of hospitality education even in times of distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Falling back on a robust di...

Give Feedback