Professor Mohammad Abu Zaafar from the Department of Bengali,
Dhaka University , in this interview with VOA Bangla Service, talks about the special features of Poet Kazi
Nazrul Islam and says that he is essentially a poet of mankind who sings the
victory of humanism above all other isms . On the occasion of Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s 110th
birth anniversary, Professor Zaafar says that Nazrul , in spite of apparent
contrasts and contradiction was essentially a poet of humanity .
Although some quarters have tried
several times to portray poet Nazrul as essentially a Muslim poet and even
those who had disowned Nazrul once had later tried to mark him as an Islamic
poet , Nazrul has to be understood and evaluated rising above stereotyped boxed
It is true that Nazrul wrote both
about Islam and Hinduism but apart from his occasional poetic passions he was
neither a devout Muslim nor a committed Hindu.
Nazrul centered his idea around humanism and stood for it all through
his life rising above the divisive nature of any kind.
There was a sense of
integration matched with Nazrul’s own integrity which always celebrated Mankind
above anything else .