Dina Nath Nadim
by Arjan Dev Majboor
With the passing of away of Nadim, an era in Kashmiri Language came
to an end. He gave a new form to Kashmiri poetry.
Always bristling with energy, a magician in the
usage of words in colloquial Kashmiri, Nadim was
foremost a symbol of Kashmiriness and a lover of
peace and humanity.
Nadim had a magnetic personality-tall frame, his prominent eyes
gave a feeling that he wanted to convey something.
He usual wore Achkan with just three buttons, a
pant and worn-out shoes. He didn't use pheeran
at home. The great poet came from a poor family,
which resided in Sheshiyar locality of Habbakadal.
Nadim was a family man. I remember how he helped
his wife by preparing vegetables, kniving these
He was totally convinced by ideals of scientific socialism as
propounded by Marx, Engels and others. Nadim
became the torch-bearer of the progressive
literary movement in
He made two ends meet by working as a teacher in
Hindu High School and supplementing the income by
taking up tuitions. During Sadiq regime, he was
taken as MLC (Teachers' Constituency) and
Assistant Director, Social Education.
Nadim's poetic style was fresh like the water of a mountain spring.
It was forceful, bubbling with new ideas, aimed to
better lot of Kashmiris and promote peace.
My first encounter with the great poet took place many decades ago
at Habbakadal Chowk near the shop of famous
book-seller, Ali Mohd. & Sons. The
proprietor Ali Mohammad gave due respect to poets
and literary persons. He would sell even old books
to us. I had gone to the bookshop to buy Emile
Ludwig's 'Goethe'. It sold for a rupee or so then.
Nadim invited me to join the literary meetings of
Cultural Congress, which used to be held at
Exhibition Grounds. I accepted the offer gladly
and immersed myself whole heartedly in the
activities of Cultural Congress. From 1947 to 1954
I used to attend weekly meetings and the big
public functions at Kralpora, Khan Sahib, Soibug,
Lasjan, Kulgam, Zainapora and "Bazam-e-Kwong Posh"
in various mohallas of
Srinagar without fail. I also remained Sub-Editor
of 'Kwong-Posh', the organ of Cultural Congress.
I had an association with Nadim for over 25 years. He had some
shortcomings too, but then who is free from these.
I used to meet him in the days of cultural
movement once a week at his home. At times when I
knocked at their door, his wife would come out and
say Nadim Sahib was not there. I would feel
dejected. Perhaps, it was conveyed to avoid me.
This was not so always, as the meetings were fixed
at different places. He wrote me a letter from
China, where he had gone to attend a Peace
Conference with Indian delegation.