Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD), and an advocate for limiting freedom of speech on the Internet, Mr. Kapil Sibal, read excerpts from his latest book of poems titled “My World Within” at the Ansari Auditorium, on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
He also read from his older collection of poems titled “I Witness: Partial Observation” which was launched in 2008.
Mr. Sibal read poems that covered a range of topics like politics, education, love, life, etc. He recalled many past events and embedded memories while reciting his poems.
While introducing Mr. Sibal, a faculty member from the department of English noted that what made Mr. Sibal’s poems special was the fact they rhymed.
On this occasion, Hindi and Urdu translations of his poems were also read out. The students from the Faculty of Fine Arts also put up a display of few sketches and illustrations of Mr. Sibal’s poems at the M.F. Hussain Gallery.
Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Najeeb Jung presided over the function, and according to a Jamia press release, in his concluding remarks he said, “I wanted the Jamia community to see this other side of the minister, that of a poet, a performer and a sensitive commentator on life.”
Mr. Jung also made a demand for more resources to build and equip better laboratories, to expand the university, and to have better classrooms. He said Jamia was as good as Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University and Indian Institute of Technology and therefore deserved equal support from the government.
Mr. Jung also pointed out the fact that Jamia had not given Mr. Sibal any problems during his tenure.
Scenes From the Event:
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