GUWAHATI, April 25 - Some forces seem to be bent on in fusing a communal rift in the Assamese society. First they tried to raise a controversy around a new genre of poetry � Miyan kobita (Miyan poetry). Then, they raised a hullabaloo in a bid to castigate an entire community following the controversy over a section of people attending a religious congregation at the Nijamuddin headquarters (Markaz) of the Jamat-e-Islam. And this time, they are trying to create a controversy by distorting �Moi Asamiya,� a widely acclaimed poem of Syed Abdul Malik, a towering figure in Assamese literature.
Significantly, these forces have been using social media in their bid to catapult such controversies. However, the saner section of the Assamese society has so far been deflecting all such evil designs of these wicked forces.
These forces have alleged that Syed Abdul Malik had in fact tried to glorify the Mughals in his poem �Moi Asamiya�. To mislead the common people, they have projected only the first few stanzas of the poem, which were written by Malik only to mock at the self-acclaimed invincibility of the Mughals as a military superpower. Until their Assam expedition, the Mughals were boasting that no force on earth could defeat them. But, the Assamese forces made the �mighty� Mughal power bite the dust on multiple occasions.
Abdul Malik highlighted the military prowess and the assimilating powers of the Assamese people in his poem �Moi Asamiya�. But the above-mentioned forces are now despicably trying to project this great piece of litterateur as an advocate of Muslim communalism.
Former Asam Sahitya Sabha president Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi has described �Moi Asamiya� as one of the highly acclaimed patriotic poems of Assamese literature. This poem even encouraged M Ibrahim Ali of Darrang district to compose another brilliant poem � �Tumi Yadi Asamiya�. Both these poems are regarded to be exquisite patriotic compositions, said Dr Rajbongshi.
The former Sahitya Sabha chief also appealed to all concerned not to create any controversy over �Moi Asamiya� and Syed Abdul Malik.
The Natun Sahitya Parishad has condemned the attempt of some �communal forces� to malign the image of Syed Abdul Malik by distorting his poem �Moi Asamiya�. It has urged the State government to take appropriate action to discipline these forces.
Syed Abdul Malik is a leading figure in the post-Lakshminath Bezbaroa era of Assamese literature. He played a major role in democratising the Assamese society. His literary works are precious assets of Assamese society. Some forces tried to malign his image during the Assam Agitation too. But Syed Abdul Malik remained a leading light for the Assamese society, the Sahitya Parishad said.
Malik�s �Moi Asamiya� also encouraged noted poetess Nalini Bala Devi to compose another brilliant poem �Tumi Asamiya�. Noted literary journal Banhi described these poems of Syed Abdul Malik, M Ibrahim Ali and Nalini Bala Devi as the three best patriotic poems of Assamese literature, said the Sahitya Parishad.
It has called upon the conscious people of the State to remain vigilant against the evil designs of the diabolic forces.