Asrar Jamai is a 78-year-old poet and has sacrificed his life to promotion of Urdu. Despite this no Muslim organisaion has ever given him award. He struggles for a daily decent living.
He has a captive audience and many big people at high places know him but when it comes to giving him award they just look for people who are influential. Does it show that something is terribly wrong with Muslim society?
“This man who is running from pillar to post these days to get his pension reinstated after the officials declared him dead has worked immensely to the development of Urdu. But the saddest part is that nobody is helping him. Recently when a well-known institution gave awards to people for their contribution to Urdu I was just left stumped by names on the list. A Bollywood star and another big man who no doubt has contributed enough to Urdu promotion was there. It is personal choice but I think one should do homework properly and give award to people who really have done ground work in their fields. I strongly feel that today giving award has become a source for lobbying and networking and hence people who really contribute and are poor have no place in our society. Shockingly, Muslim organizations run by self-proclaimed Islamists also don’t care about such things,” said Muslim scholar Waris Mazhari.
Other intellectuals too think on the same line, pointing out that many so-called ‘big’ people use platforms to build contacts and networks and ignore those whose contribution is immense.
Asrar Jamai, who has written several books in Urdu, lives in a rented house and fears losing the treasure trove (Urdu work) that he carries with him wherever he goes (takes a new room). While talking about his struggle to get his pension restored, this is what he told The Hindu: “I told the officials that I am standing in front of you, what else can be the biggest proof? The official replied that he knows I am alive, but not other official knows of it.”
While narrating his ordeal with OKHLATIMES.COM a few months ago, he said he has approached every local representatives with little success as everybody gives him assurance that s/he will take up the issue with the department.