Thursday, August 7, 2014



 (Photo..  Dr Rajendra Prasad (1884-1963 ),The then President Of India  with Bakshi Ghulam Mohd in srinagar ).




Kashmiri poet Gh Nabi Khayal on Bakshi Ghulam Mohd. 

“ After completing my class 10 from Islamia High School, Rajouri Kadal, I visited Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad for a job. As the prime minister of state, he would hold public durbars on every Friday where he would resolve public grievances in a jiffy. When I asked him about a job, he told me: “You are a very tall boy. You should go to police. I will give you a sub-inspector’s post right now.” But back home, I faced a protesting family who didn’t allow me to join the service, which was looked down upon those days.

I completed my graduation, learned Persian and translated Omar Khayyam’s Persian poetry into Kashmiri. I again went to Bakshi sahib…

“I have heard that you have translated Omar Khayyam’s poetry into Kashmiri. He is my favourite poet. Publish your book and give me one copy,” Bakshi Sahab told me. 

“But sir,” I replied, “ I don’t have a single penny in my pocket.” He didn’t tell me anything. As I walked out, I saw Bakshi Sahab’s private secretary, RC Raina, who enquired: “How was your meeting?” I replied that it was very positive. Raina then handed over an envelope to me, saying: “This is for you.” As I stepped back on street, I tore open the envelope and found Rs 500 inside it. I understood that Bakshi Sahab had given me the amount for publication of my book. Later I gave him a copy of my published book, which made him very happy…”
( Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed Listening to   people inside a village  in kashmir )
    ( Bakshi Ghulam Mohd inspecting Creation of Embankments  along river Jhelum )
                                                  ( Listening to Grievances from Public )
                               ( Personally supervising Flood relief operations in Kashmir )
                                  ( Supervising Fire Fighting arrangements in srinagar city )

( This Post is Based on  Excerpts from an Interview to Bilal Handoo Published in KASHMIR LIFE.My special thanks to Sh. Bilal Handoo and KASHMIR LIFE )

( Autar Mota )

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