BJP attack on Punjabi Poet Paash
Punjabi Poet Paash,who gave away his life like his ideal Bhagat Singh by confronting Khalistani terrorists, was subjected to most insulting treatment by BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad in Rajya Sabha debate recently on NCERT books.Paash’s poem ‘Sabse Khatarnak’ has been prescribed in Hindi book for class XI by NCERT from current session.This is part of 20% literature in translation from other languages.Paash did Punjabi language pride, when his poem was selected for all India syllabus of NCERT.It might be reminded here that Hindi translation of Paash’s poetry by Dr. Chaman Lal was given Sahitya Akademi national prize for translation.
BJP MP told Rajya Sabha that Paash was a Naxalite and how NCERT could teach a poem by a Naxalite. He also attacked writings of Dalit writer Om Prakash Balmiki, Sahitya Akademi award winner poet Dhumil and other major Hindi writers for being taught to students. He was also angry at internationally renowned artist MF Hussain’s biographical chapter being taught in Hindi text book.
Many eminent writers of Hindi have expressed dismay at such attacks on creative writings of such eminent writers.The writers include Naamvar Singh, Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi international Hindi University, Ashok Vajpayee,former Vice Chancellor Mahatma Gandhi international Hindi University, Krishna Sobti,Rajender Yaadav,Kamleshwar,Kunwar Narain, Kamla Prasad&Chaman Lal.