Thursday, March 14, 2013



The partition of India was infact partition of Punjab and it led to massive migration and killings. This was stated by reputed Urdu writer from Pakistan Dr. Abdal Bela, former Director General of Academy of Letters, Pakistan. He was speaking in a function in the context of Dr. M.S. Randhawa Memorial Lecture, organized at Punjab Agricultural University by Punjab Sahit Academy, PAU Young Writers Association, Senior Citizens Welfare Association, Adeeb International jointly. Dr. Bela got emotional when he said that his fore-fathers hailed from Mao Mionwal village in Jalandhar district and expressed that the emotional bonds between our two people can nurture the cause of our communality of language, culture, heritage and Punjabi way of life. Dr. Bela said that in Pakistan he has published a 1700 page novel \"Darwaza Khulta Hai\" that describes a history of five centuries and projects 375 characters representing various shades of life. Dr. Kewal Dhir has translated this publication in to Hindi.

The Punjabi Sahit Academy President, Gurbhajan Singh Gill, while welcoming Dr. Bela, spoke on the multifarious personality of Dr. M.S. Randhawa. He highlighted that if wall of Berlin can be removed; there is also a possibility of free interaction in terms of trade, literature, research and people to people contact. What is needed is honest and constant efforts to nurture fraternity between our people, he said. Jenab Afzal Ahemed, Executive Editor of Sang-e-Meel said that he has published some Hindi literature and that efforts are being made to provide such literature among people desirous of learning Hindi. He offered to publish Urdu versions of \'Aap Beeti\' and \'Rakh Chon Uggay\' publications of Dr. Randhawa. Dr. Dhir offered to translate these into Hindi.

In his Presidential remarks, the former PAU VC, Dr. K.S. Aulakh said that western Punjab was ahead of us in hospitality, basmati rice, kinnow fruit, cotton and above all the Punjabi language. Holding such functions can strengthen the mutual bonds, he said. The President of Senior Citizen Association, Mr S.P.Karkara, said that such efforts to foster common bonds should continue. He offered all support for such a cause. The Pak dignitaries, Dr Bela and Afzal Ahmed were honoured with shawls and floral bouquets, on this occasion. The Association General Secretary, Dr Sarjit Singh Gill congratulated the concerned for organizing such a meaningful function. He enthralled the audience by reciting a poem on Indo-Pak fraternity. A large number of literary personalities including Principal Prem Singh Bajaj, Dr Gulzar Pandher, Dr Ravinder Bhathal, Dr Gurdev Singh Saqndhu, Harkesh Singh Kehl, Jaswant Singh Aman, Dr S.B.Pandhi, Dr Jagtar Dhiman, Dr Sukhdev Singh, Ravinder Deewana, Gurcharan SWingh Panchhi were among a large audience.
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