Today we remember someone we never can forget
ADVOCATE S. M IQBAL
Shameem Ahmad Shameem was one of the great personalities of our state, who in the prime of his youth left an indelible impact on Kashmiri politics and other intellectual spheres.
He was a prolific writer, essayist, critic, an astute politician, a philanthropist and a visionary. He quit just at 45 on the Ist May, 1980. At this age, very few people achieve such remarkable feats which he achieved.
A prominent newspaper on 2nd May, 1980 while printing the sad news of his death wrote the headline as, “ Kashmir’s soil will never produce another son like Shameem Ahmad Shameem ”
Shameem had extraordinary oratory skills. His speeches were intimate, full of wisdom and humour. Same was the case with his writings . His writings would attract a reader. He blended reality and sarcasm perfectly and his tone never sounded didactic but always struck a chord with the common masses. His writings still feel fresh and relevant and are worth reading for laymen as well as intellectuals and politically conscious persons. His style of writing is unique and his essays were based on facts and cogent arguments. He had a great knack of convincing and motivating people both with his speeches and his writing. Some kind of mysterious charm always could be felt by his audience and readers.
In 1978, when Shopian district agitation was going on , Late Abdul Ghani Lone came to Shopian on invitation of all parties action committee. Lone was himself fearless and a great orator, but here he said, “ Shopianites are used to the magical speeches of Shameem Ahmad Shameem, I am afraid to speak infront of you, just like a patient who has been treated by the highly expert doctor with highest antibiotics, “will not be satisfied with an average doctor”.
Shameem was valiant, outspoken and a realist man. He believed in speaking truth, even in hard times and unfavorable conditions. Once he was asked, why he criticized Sheikh Abdullah so brazenly in his newspaper “ Aaina” if he would have given you another mandate for the parliament, would you have still critized him ? In response, Shameem Ahmad Shameem , gave an eloquent reply and wrote a full article on it, in which he argued, “ The world of politics depends upon” “ if”, ‘if’, the Maharaja of Kashmir would not have transferred Sheik M. Abdullah to Ladakh, his ego would not have been hurt and he would not have rebelled against him. “if” General Ayoub Khan would not have placed Zulfiqar Ali Butto in his Cabinet, Gen. Ayoub Khan would not have been displaced from his position later on. And if Bhutto wouldn’t had appointed Gen. Zial-Ul- Haq as army Chief , then Bhutto wouldn’t have been killed”. Based on this “if”, Shameem Ahmad Shameem wrote a beautiful, intelligent and blunt essay.
Once in Indian parliament, Shameem Ahmad Shameem was blaming the Indian government for rigging the Kashmiri elections and criticized the Kashmir elections as being unfair. A BJP member rose and said to Shameem that at least you should not accuse us for not carrying out fair election in Kashmir, because you have won as an independent Candidate , defeating the Ex – CM of J & K”. Shameem was quick. He instantly gave such a reply which aroused a roar of laughter among all and silenced that BJP member. He said, “ Sir”, if a plane crashed, and some persons escaped miraculously unharmed, would you deny that plane has crashed ?”
Shameem Ahmad Shameem was deeply attached to Shopian. He spent his childhood here, had his primary education from here and in Shopian he become active in politics and in 1967 Assembly elections. He won with a huge margin as an independent candidate. In his last days at U.S.A, in a letter to me, he wrote “ I feel proud that I am a Kashmiri and belong to Shopian”
May his soul rest in peace.
(The Author is a Senior Advocate at District Court Shopian)
Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
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