Of guns and poems
With guns in hand, poetry in mind. I would like to borrow this phrase coined by a senior of mine while describing Taheruddin Ahmed, an officer of the Assam Police. A prominent name in the cultural and social sector of the State, Ahmed, who has earlier dabbled in script writing, is also a poet and his debut collection of poems, Pratidhani, was released recently by Assam Sahitya Sabha vice-president Kanak Chandra Sharma.
A deligent office, Taheruddin was recently elected as the general secretary of the All Assam Policement Association. It would not be wrong to say that Taheruddin’s poetry is an extension of his role as a law enforcement office for the spirit of nationalism and his love for his country and humanity is amply reflected in his debut work. His poetry can be said to be a new approach in the use of linguistics in the fight of corruption, greed and jealousy that is predominant in today’s society. Talking about Taheruddin’s debut collection, Kanak Chandra Sarma said that the message contained in the collection was very important and required to minimize incidents of violence among different communities and disturbance by anti-social elements.”
All in all, a promising debut.