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“Tarana-E-Hind” award posthumously conferred upon legendary poet Muhammad Iqbal

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Kolkata: Legendary poet Muhammad Iqbal, author of the iconic poem “Saare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara”, was posthumously conferred the “Tarana-E-Hind” award by the West Bengal Urdu Academy on Friday, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee personally handing it over to his grandson Waleed Iqbal.

“There are some occasions in life when you feel really honoured,” Banerjee said at the function held before a large audience in the Nazrul Mancha.

She said the nation will never forget Iqbal. “I thank the Urdu Academy for this initiative for honouring Iqbal ji”.

The chief minister also inaugurated the three-day ‘Jashn-E-Iqbal’ celebrating the contributions of the literary genius.

The celebration is an attempt by the Academy to revive the long-lost glory of Iqbal, widely known as Allama Iqbal.

As many as 45 delegates – scholars and poets – from six countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan and Mauritius are slated to take part in paper presentations and international mushairas (gatherings of poets) during the course of three days.

A photo-exhibition showcasing Iqbal’s rare photographs will be launched at the Academy premises on Saturday along with the grand opening of the “Gosha-E-Iqbal”, a dedicated section of Iqbal’s books at the Central Urdu Library.

To honour Banerjee for her contributions to the revival of the Urdu Academy as well as for her work in the past three years, the title of “Pasban-E-Urdu” (protector of Urdu)was bestowed upon her.

In addition, guests and participants were given Banerjee’s book of Urdu poems titled “Tamanna”. (IANS)

 

 

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Mamta Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Wikimedia

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here on Wednesday accused certain political parties and people holding constitutional positions in the country of rumour-mongering and spreading hatred in the society, and termed it “shameless politics”.

“One section of political parties/groups along with people holding constitutional positions are indulging in rumour-mongering, spreading hatred with dangerous statements. Even journalists are not spared. This is shameless politics. What levels of polluted politics have we descended to?” she wrote on Twitter without naming any particular political outfit.

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Mamata Banerjee accused Modi government of “politicising” the Pulwama terror attack. Flickr

Banerjee’s comments have come two days after she had accused the Narendra Modi government of “politicising” the Pulwama terror attack and demanded its ouster for “failure” to take precautionary measures despite an intelligence alert of a possible attack.

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The Trinamool Congress supremo and her senior party leaders, including Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, have also claimed the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were “using the Pulwama incident” to incite communal violence in the state. (IANS)