Meeting with University Literary Club Members:
In 1995, I was an applicant for the post of University Literary Club (ULC) Secretaryship. Prof. Abul Kalam Qasmi was part of the selection panel. I had strong credentials but not the best so my friend Mr. Mohibul Haq became ULC Secretary. But natural I was upset but happy that at least some genuine person was selected for the coveted position. We could not do anything if some courtier of ULC President or GEC Coordinator or a stooge of a regional group have made it to the said job.
Twenty years later I was honored to have an interactive session with the ULC Team headed by Dr. Muhibul Haq, same person who was rightly appointed when I was a candidate. I am thankful to Mr. Wajahat Jeelani, Secretary ULC who invited me for the interactive session with his Team. Some of the members were known to me via social media specially young Mr. Sharjeel Usmani. His posts of social media were very interesting to read and always gave me the hope that critical thinking of Aligarh is still alive. Interestingly young Wajahat Jeelani is a nephew of one of my senior, Dr. Nadeem Zafar Jeelani who was an inspiration and model for us in Urdu Bait Bazi events during our stay in AMU. I had the honor to compete as well as Team up with Dr. Nadeem Jeelani in Bait Bazi. When Mr. Mahmudur Rahman joined as Vice-Chancellor of AMU, I was approached for his welcome speech but Technically I was not a student as I finished my B.Sc.Engineering and was waiting for M.Sc. Engineering admission so I personally recommended Dr. Nadeem Jeelani's name and he delivered welcome speech.
The interactive session was very informal and ULC Team updated me with their activities and discussed about the Literary Festivals and difficulties in organizing these kind of events in Aligarh. Once of the main difficulty is financial burden on ULC to organize these kind of events. Even I do not have some immediate recommendations but this is an ongoing issue and needs attention of University administration and Philanthropist to come up with some long term plan so ULC and organization like it can have some breathing space to organize events like Literary Festivals.
I wish them all the best for their events and hope we can be of some help to these young guns of AMU who has lots of potential.