Hafiz Ahmed (Assamese: হাফিজ় আহমেদ) is an Indian teacher, poet and social activist of Miya origin.[1][2]


Hafiz Ahmed
হাফিজ় আহমেদ
Born (1962-09-07) September 7, 1962 (age 59)
NationalityIndian
Alma materGauhati University
OccupationTeacher, poet, author, columnist, social activist
OrganizationChar Chapori Literary Council
Known forPioneer of Miya poetry, Assamese language promotion
Spouse(s)Rashida Ahmed
ChildrenShabnam Hafiz, Safdar Hafiz
Parents
  • Madhu Miah (father)
  • Somjan Nessa (mother)

Early life and educationEdit

Ahmed was born in Kapoha in Barpeta on 7 September 1962. He was raised in a traditional Muslim family and his parents' names were Madhu Miah and Somjan Nessa. He completed his PhD in Assamese literature at the prestigious Gauhati University.[3]

CareerEdit

In 2016, he pioneered an Assamese poetic genre known as Miya poetry.[1][4][5] He is the chairman of the Char Chapori Literary Council in Assam, which aims to spread the use of the Assamese language to the Miya community. The Miya, who reside in the state's riverine areas, historically conversed in Bengali but are drifting towards Assamese identity and language.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Ahmed is the father of two children; Shabnam Hafiz and Safdar Hafiz.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Assam's Bengal origin Muslims choose poetry to confront stereotypes and prejudices". Two Circles. 1 May 2016. Archived from the original on 9 September 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Assam Against Itself". The Caravan. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  3. ^ "আসামের মিঞা কবিতার ইতিহাস, ভূগোল ও দেশপ্রেম" [Assam's Miya poetry's history, geography and patriotism]. Indian Express Bangla. 30 August 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  4. ^ "মুসলিমদের 'মিঞা কবিতা' নিয়ে আসামে বিতর্ক কেন?". BBC Bangla. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  5. ^ a b "কবিদের গ্রেফতার বলে দেয়, অসমের জনসমাজ কত বিপন্ন". Anandabazar Patrika. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.