Governor Aziz Qureshi was the chief guest at the inaugural session of the two-day centenary celebrations of renowned writer, journalist and film maker K A Abbas which began at Raj Bhavan auditorium here today.
The celebrations have been organised by the Khwaja Ahmad Abbas Centenary Celebrations Committee of which the Governor is the chairman. Celebrations have already been held by the committee in Aligarh, Delhi and Hyderabad.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said the kind of idealism found in the days when Abbas wrote was not found now as people were now more interested in material gains.
He said had Abbas been alive today, he would certainly have questioned the political and social set-up.
"We need self analysis and also an analysis of our society."
The Governor said that Abbas did a lot of his writing during the freedom struggle when intellectuals had a difficult time.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Syeda Hameed, Member of Planning Commission, said Abbas had loved this hill region and had even written a short story titled "Mussoorie 1954".
Member of Parliament D P Tripathi said, "He (Abbas) was a rare example in the world as he was a writer, dramatist, film maker, journalist, screen play writer, a biographer and was perfect in all these aspects."
Also present on the occasion were theatre and film actor Atul Tiwari, UPES Chancellor S J Chopra, V K Jain, VC of Doon University, VC of Sanskrit University Mahavir Aggarwal, and several intellectuals of the city. UNI JN AJ 2235
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