Sheen Kaf Nizam alias Shiv Krishna Nizam has been conferred the Madhya Pradesh government’s prestigious Iqbal award.
However, a section of Urdu writers are not exactly happy with the selection. Nizam is an acclaimed poet. Prior to him, Iqbal Samman was conferred on greats like Qurratul Ain Hyder, Joginder Pal, Sardar Jafri, Jagannath Azad, Upendra Nath Ashk, and Hayatullah Ansari.
There contention is that if selecting a non-Muslim Urdu litterateur was a criterion for the BJP government then Balraj Komal would have been a good choice. He is a legend now. Besides, Pandit Anand Mohan Zutshi Gulzar Dehlvi could have been a great choice.
Literary giants who have got the award in the past also include Aal-e-Ahmed Suroor, Moin Ahsan Jazbi, Rafat Sarosh, Akhtarul Iman, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Mohammad Hasan, Rafat Sarosh, Qazi Abdus Sattar, Ibrahim Yusuf, Shaharyar, Akhtar Saeed Khan, Anand Narain Mulla and Ismat Chughtai.
Once it was the biggest award in entire world for Urdu writers. It was instituted in 1986 by the then Congress government when Arjun Singh was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.
THIS BLOG WELCOMES THE AWARD
At this blog, we feel that Nizam may be a young poet but he is an accomplished one. There is no doubt that he has a distinct style and his poetry is appreciated by masses and classes both. He has kept a fine balance between mushairas and serious poetry. Hence, we welcome the award to him.