Aziz Hajini’s unprecedented legacy
Most of us see death as a sad occasion. It is, without a doubt. Yet for many people, death also brings lifelong satisfaction. The family of Aziz Hajini, a well-known poet and writer, say the large number of people mourning his FatihaKhawani has stunned and inspired them.
âThe number of people who participated was untold. It made me realize the importance of my father. In the midst of my deep anguish, it gave me satisfaction, âsays Azhar, Hajini’s son.
“I am convinced that my father will be cleansed of all his sins,” he said, adding that “pious people attended his funeral and prayed for his eternal peace.”
According to his family, Hajini stuttered when he was sick, but his weak voice announced his strong expression for the Kashmiri language.
âEven when he was on his deathbed, he was passionate about the Kashmiri language and literature,â Azhar adds. “It showed his affection for his home – Kashmir.”
“My father left an incomparable legacy behind him. I would be lucky if I could match even a small part of it,” he says as his family is in deep sorrow, his friends and former colleagues also expressed a moving tribute.
Famous writer and president Adbee Markaz Kamraz Amin Bhat, who was a close friend of Aziz Hajini, says it is a personal loss for him. âMy association with him goes back decades. His life was full of struggles and hard work,â he says.
Bhat says Hajini was a focused poet and language activist who made a huge contribution to the language.
âHajinisahab’s accomplishments were in harmony with his talent and versatility. The loss of a lifelong friend cannot be explained in words,â he adds.
Former bureaucrat Mohammad Shafi Pandit says it came as a profound shock to him. âI lost a friend and a literary companion,â he said, adding âthat he was a linguistic activist who devoted his time to the protection and promotion of the Kashmiri languageâ.
A well-known broadcaster, Farooq Nazki, called Hajini a renowned poet who would express words with literary excellence.
“He was a versatile person with a great taste for poetry, writing and criticism. May Allah grant his soul the highest place in Jannah and also give courage to members of his family,” said Nazki. .
Actor and director AyashArif claims that Hajini’s contribution to the promotion of the Kashmiri language can never be ignored.
“Hajinisahab was a courageous administrator and an impressive poet,” he said, adding that “his knowledge of Kashmiri literature was remarkable, which is why he played a vital role in introducing Kashmir into the school curriculum”.
Hajini was considered a prolific Kashmiri writer, poet and critic. His last post was a facilitator at Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, for his Northern Regional Council.
Previously, he was an assistant professor and taught Kashmir at the Sheikh-ul Aalam Center for Studies at the University of Kashmir until his retirement from active service.
Later, he was appointed secretary of the Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages ââof Jammu and Kashmir in 2015 by the PDP government. He served in the prestigious institution until 2019.
He was also elected president of the literary organization Adbee Markaz Kamraz, Jammu and Kashmir. From 2008 to 2012 he was President of the Sahitya Akademy for Kashmiri Languages. Prior to that, he was a member of the Akademy from 1997 to 2002.
Hajini is the author of more than twenty books in the Kashmiri language, including poetry and criticism. In 2015, his book AaneKhane, a literary review covering the literature and language of Kashmir was published by then-Governor of Jammu and Kashmir NN Vohra. Later in 2016, the book won him an Akademi Award in Kashmir.
He has held many key positions in government and literary circles, including a member of Sahitya Akademi as an advisor and experts on various committees.
Hajini was also appointed a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Public Administration in New Delhi and a Fellow of the National Book Trust in 2012. From 1998 to 2000 he was appointed President of the Kashmir Theater Association and between 1998 and 2008 he served served as general secretary of Adbi Markaz Kamraz. He has also participated in literary seminars in the United States, United Arab Emirates and Canada.
Hajini has the distinction of being the first gold medalist in Kashmir. He translated into Kashmir the works of Punjabi poet Waris Shah which were published by Sahitya Akademi New Delhi. His works âPantchahanVariyan Hund KashurAdabâ and âKaashireNaatâ have also been published by Sahitya Akademi New Delhi.
His work âPaerZaanâ, a book on Kashmiri writing and âNoor-e-Nooranâ, a collection of devotional Kashmiri poetry has been published by KBD.
Hajini wrote âVitasta Ki Saerâ in the Urdu language, in addition to hundreds of works of poetry, prose and translation he has been credited with.
It also took first place in a state-level essay writing competition, hosted by Adbee Markaz Kamraz.
Hajini has won many prestigious awards for his works. He won the prestigious Principal Prize for Best Sahitya Akademi (National Akademi of Letter) Book in New Delhi for Aane-Khane for the year 2015 and ShahityaAkademi (National Akademi of Letters) New Delhi Award for the best Kashmir translation for the year 2013.
In 2012, Hajini received the title âMir-e-Karwanâ from KarwaniAdab Dab Ganderbal while MarazAdbi Sangam awarded him the award for his outstanding contribution to Kashmiri language, literature and culture.
An honorary award was presented to him by JKBOSE for his excellent contribution to the development of textual material for the teaching of Kashmir at school level. In 2010, he received the Harmoukh Prize presented by HarmoukhKashur Markaz Jammu & Kashmir.
In 2008, Hajini received the Khilat-e-SheikhulAalam from the Department of Public Information of Jammu and Kashmir. He received a certificate of excellence for his outstanding contribution to culture and academics, awarded by the J&K Education department.
In 2004, he received the Sharf-e-Saqafat Prize for his outstanding contribution in the field of culture, awarded by Sangar Stage Kashmir and the Robe of Honor was presented to him by Halqu-e-Arbab-i-ZauqBaramullah.