Maharashtra State Urdu Academy is giving away its annual literary
and journalism awards at a function in Mumbai today evening. Today's award ceremony
would be held after six long years and annual awards from 2004 to
2008 would be given away during the function.
"Maharashtra State Urdu Academy
would be organising a glittering function at YB Chavan Auditorium
near Mantralaya in Mumbai March 14 to give away its annual
literary awards", declares Academy Secretary Qasim Imam in
the advertisements that appeared in all the Urdu dailies March 13.
"The ceremony will be presided over
by Minister of Minority Department and Awkaf Arif Naseem Khand and
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will grace the
occasion as Chief Guest", it added.
The advertisements also state that
the annual awards pending since 2004 and till 2008 will be given
away in today's ceremony.
The list of the awardees released by
the Academy includes names of around hundred Urdu scholars,
writers, researchers, historians and journalists. They will be
given away special citations and cash prizes in today's ceremony.
According to the sources, the awards
were pending since 2004 due to the infighting and political
upmanship, and today's award giving ceremony has also become
possible by hectic backdoor lobbying. It is also alleged that some
of the names in the list are of those, who do not deserve but are
being honored because of their proximity with politicians and the
current Academy office bearers.
Interestingly, irregularities are
being complained in the distribution of invitation cards also. On
one side, there are community bigwigs and dignitaries who complain
they are not invited, some awardees say they have not received any
formal invitation from the Academy and came to know about their
nominations for the awards only through newspapers.
Meanwhile, the Academy is totally
silent on when and how it will declare the annual awards from 2009