Jammu, February 13 (Scoop News) – Former Chairman, J&K Public Service Commission, Mohd Shafi Pandit, termed RK Bharati a literary genius who had a rare gift of gab which was evident from the papers he used to read in various literary functions.
Mohd Shafi Pandit was speaking on second death anniversary of veteran journalist, writer, critic, translator and linguist late RK Bharati in Jammu on Saturday evening.Recalling his association with the writer he said that RK Bharati would bring any literary programme alive by his deep knowledge of various subjects and used to speak authoritatively and in detail.
The function was organized by Maikash Kashmiri Literary Society, Jammu Kashmir Urdu Forum, Koshur Markazi Adbi Forum, Rasa Javedani Memorial
Literary Society, Prof Jagan Nath Azad Foundation and RK Bharati Foundation jointly at KL Sehgal Hall where large number of literary figures, writers, journalists, linguists, family members and friends of RK Bharati paid glowing tributes to him.
Dr Roop Lal Sharma, veteran educationist and the Chairman of Shri Sain Charitable Trust while paying tributes recalled the contribution of RK Bharati in journalism through his in-depth political analysis and humorous articles besides the satire of the political system of the state through one of his popular column Swami Bhayankaranand in The Shadow and other newspapers.
Prof Shohab Inayat Malik, HoD Department of Urdu, University of Jammu discussed at length the contribution of RK Bharti to Urdu literature and journalism earlier through writings and various forums and later in Jammu University where he taught Urdu Journalism.
He recalled his association with RK Bharati and his simple way of life that became a model for the students of journalism at Urdu Department in Jammu University.Amin Banjara, a veteran Urdu writer paid glowing tributes to RK Bharati and talked about the close relationship he shared with RK Bharati.
Banjara said that Bharati was like a family member who would often drop in and discuss various issues particularly literature with him.
He said that he still misses the presence of RK Bharati from the literary circles where his presence was enough to rejuvenate the literary discussions.
Aseer Kishtwari who convened the programme felt that the demise of RK Bharati has created a void in the literary circles which was difficult
to fill as finding a person of his stature and simplicity was almost difficult in these days.He assured the gathering that many more such functions would be
organized to discuss the literary contribution of RK Bharati towards the society.
Glowing tributes were also paid to the veteran writer by Jaswant Manhas, Bashir Bhaderwahi, Santosh Shah Nadaan, Shyam Talib and other dignitaries present on the occasion.
Earlier King C Bharati Chairman of RK Bharati Foundation read a paper on his father throwing light on some unknown facts of the life of RK Bharati about, his education, literature family and the hard work he put in to pursue his quest for knowledge.
Other organizations that were represented include Adbi Kunj, Anjuman Farog-e-Urdu, Anjuman Taraqi Urdu (Hind), Punjabi Adbi Sangat, Jammu Writers Forum, Anjuman Mehban Urdu, Dr Brij Premi Memorial Society, Nami Dogri Sanstha, Yuva Hind Lekhak Sangh and numerous journalists, writers and literary figures.