The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) community has expressed happiness over the conferring of the International Booker Prize to renowned Hindi fiction writer Geetanjali Shree.
The AMU Vice Chancellor Prof. Tariq Mansoor said that the creative prowess of Geetanjali Shree has gained international acclaim as she is the first Indian to win the International Booker Prize for her novel "Tomb of Sand".
In his congratulatory message, Prof. Mansoor said that it was a rare achievement for a non-European language novel to receive this honours and international recognition of the Indian mind and creativity.
Prof. Imtiaz Hasnain, Dean, Faculty of Arts, said that the students and faculty of AMU are happy that this fascinating story of the partition and its indelible effects on humans has received this award. Prof Shafi Kidwai, a Sahitya Academy Award winner, said: “Earlier, the novels of UR Anantmurthy and Intizar Hussain were shortlisted but Geetanjali Shree has become the trailblazer.
Prof. Ashiq Ali, Department of Hindi, congratulated Geetanjali from the bottom of his heart and said, “the West has started looking at India not only through the eyes of Indian writers writing in English but also through the rich literary tradition of Hindi, and it's an encouraging trend.
Prof. Asim Siddiqui, Department of English, said that Geetanjali Shree's writing captures all aspects of life through the story of the 80-year-old woman. “It’s unbelievable that his novel was given precedence over the 2018 Nobel Prize-winning Polish author Olga Tokarkowski’s work.”
Professor Azra Mousavi, Advanced Center for Women's Studies, said that the tradition of women's writing in Hindi is very old and Geetanjali Shree has tried to revive the past by depicting the tragedy of the partition. Ajay Basaria, Hindi Department said: “Geetanjali Shree is a well-known author, who has published four novels and short stories. His award-winning novel covers the complex aspects of a subject on which much has already been written. It's a story of a divided family. "