Wednesday, February 24, 2016


                                                        ( Dr Esmer with Sheikh Abdullah )

 ( With Khwaja Ahsaan Ullah Trade Commissioner Delhi  ..  J&K Govt Arts Emporium )
            ( Refii Cevat ulunay is on extreme left and Dogan Nadi is on immediate right of sheikh Mohd Abdullah )
                                                   ( Madam Fenik with Begum Abdullah )

                      ( The Turkish delegation with Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Mrs Vijay Lakshmi Pandit at  New  Delhi Feb 1952 )


In February 1952,  A  team of Five  top Turkish journalists were on  a seven-week All-India tour, to study India's Educational , Industrial and Agricultural projects, as guests of the Government  .  The members of the delegation were some renowned Editors /writers /Journalists that included Mr. Refii Cevat Ulunay , Dogan Nadi, Madam Adviye Fenik, Dr. Ahmet Sukru Esmer ( Ankara Columnist ) and Mr. Ahmet Yemin Ualman( Editor Istambul Daily ) .This delegation visited many places in India including Agra , Jaipur and Bhakhra Nangal .
In delhi , this delegation also visited Kashmir Government Arts emporium where Khwaja Ahsaan-ulaah the then resident commissioner played a host and gave them details about Handicrafts of kashmir. The delegation made good purchase of shawls , Papier mache and walnut wood carving items.
                                           ( A shikara ride  for the delegation )
 ( A Gardener presenting Flowers to Madam Fenik inside Nishat Garden in kashmir )

The delegation was invited to kashmir by Sheikh Mohd Abdullah and accordingly they visited kashmir in March 1952 where Shri J N Zutshi played chief Host . This delegation stayed in Houseboats in Dal Lake . They visited Gulmarg , Pahalghaam , Mughal Gardens.
Sh Zutshi took this delegation upto 7th bridge in downtown in shikaras . They also called upon Dr Karan Singh , Sheikh Mohd Abdullah .
Madam Fenik met Begum Abdullah at her official residence. She was seen wearing a kashmiri Pheran during her visit to Mughal Gardens. The state Hospitality Department also organized a Grand Wazwan for the Guests . They also did second round of shopping at Government Arts emporium srinagar
.Dr Ahmet Sukur Esmer Journalist and a scholar is reported to have told J N Zutshi;

“ This is like our Turkey. Seasons , fruits , water , Birds and Walnut Trees . The people look so close to us . I will have to dig some links “

REFII  CEVAT ULUNAY ( 1890-1968 ) was also a member of this delegation. He was Brilliant journalist associated with Turkish Nationalist Struggle. He lived in exile from 1922 to 1938.He also wrote Novels  and  critical essays on Turkish music and cinema .  A lover of India , he was liberal and known for his progressive outlook.  . His books include.. Slaves (1945), Between Debris (1945), No. Storms (1958), King of the Mountains (1963), and The Glory Land of India (1962).

Another journalist in this team was Dogan Nadi ( 1913-1969 ). Educated in switzerland , he edited the popular Turkish newspaper “CEMHURIET “ that was started by his father Yunus Nadi (1880-1945 ) in 1924. His Brother Nadir Nadi was also a well known Journalist from Turkey.

Madam Adviye Fenik, a reputed Ankara based  columnist had come to   study feminine trends in India.

( Autar Mota )    


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