‘Since the power has developed a class-based society, the people often do not believe that a person from non-elite class can be a good writer’ – Prof. Noor Ahmed Janjhi
By GR Junejo
Mithi: Two books authored by Muhammad Akbar Bajer, a local poet of Tharparkar, the desert district, were launched on Sunday evening. The one is autobiography of the author titled ‘Harf Na Ja’ana Hekrro’ and the other one a poetry collection ‘Kateendey Kanbaya’.
Delivering the presidential address at the book launching ceremony, eminent writer Prof. Noor Ahmed Janjhi lamented that public as well as private publishing agencies have always neglected the writers who do not belong to the elite class. “Since the power has developed a class-based society, the people often do not believe that a person from non-elite class can be a good writer.”
“It’s stigma of the society that the men of letters hailing from non-elite class are always neglected,” Prof. Janjhi said and lauded Mr. Akbar Bajer who, despite such lamentable attitude of publishing organizations, has didn’t gave up and continued to write.
“Akbar Bajer has command over the language and his writings truly reflect the society. In fact his writings are mirror of the society,” Prof. Janjhi said adding that the beauty of the writings of Mr. Bajer is the pure language and the words used in the books.
He underlined the need of using correct and pure Sindhi words and phrases while writing to save our language from distortion. “The young generation should learn the language from the books of Mr. Akbar Bajer,” he urged.
Author Akbar Bajer in his address narrated his life-long struggle, being a person hailing from downtrodden class. He told that his writings are based on the observations. “I used to note down whatever the phrases, old sayings and the words I listened to since my childhood. The other factor, which helped to develop my vision, was the reading of books during the job.”
Haji Muhammad Dal, Jogi Khalid, Advocate Rai Singh Sodho, Amar Singh Rajput, Piyaro Shivani and Sikandar Halepoto in their speeches lauded the writings of Akbar Bajer saying that the writer himself represent the oppressed class, each word he has inked, reflects the pain of poor people.