MN Karassery bags UR Ananthamurty Award for his yeoman service in the Kerala Education Sector

UR Ananthamurthy Award for Prof MN Karassery for his contribution towards education sphere in Kerala

MN Karassery to receive UR Ananthamurthy Award for his contribution to the education arena in Kerala

Professor MN Karassery or Mohiyuddin Naudukandiyil Karassery, the educationist, Malayalam writer and critic has bagged this year’s UR Ananthamurthy Award for his comprehensive contribution towards to the education sector of Kerala. Recognising his yeoman service, the Kerala Aided Higher Secondary Teachers Association (KAHSTA) has selected MN Karassery for this covetted award instituted in the name of the late Academician from Karnataka, UR Anandhamurthy. The award includes cash prize of Rs.10,001 and certificate of merit will be conferred on Prof MN Karassery on February 13, 2019 at a function to be held in Kozhikode, State President of KAHSTA, Joshi Antony told the media.

Mohiyuddin Nadukandiyil Karassery is a renowned academician, writer and critic in the Malayalam education and literary horizon. Known by his pen name, MN Karassery, the professor, in addition to his unique writing skills, he is also equally popular for his extempore speech on various subjects such as politics, literature, art and culture. What is more, MN Karassery has also received KM Seethi Shib Memorial Human Fraternity Award, in addition to hollding the distinguished chair in Malayalam studies at the University of Calicut.

Hailing from Karassery Panchayat in Kozhikode district of Kerala, he was simply being addressed as Mash by those who adore him, Prof MN Karassery was born to NC Mohammad Haji and KC Aishakutty on July 2, 1951. The young Mohiyuddin attended the Karassery Upper Primary School and Hidayathussibiyan Madarasa and Dars of Karassery Juma Masjid. Karassery then pursued his school education from Chennamangallur High School (1964-1967), subsequently for his college education he got enrolled in Guruvayurappan College (1967-1972) and Department of Malayalam, University of Calicut (1972-1974).

MN Karassery to receive UR Ananthamurthy Award for his contribution to the education arena in Kerala

He graduated in Sociology and Malayalam achieving first rank and second class in 1972 and completed his post graduation in Malayalam with second rank and first division in 1974. After a decade, Karassery obtained PhD from his alma matter, the Malayalam department of the University of Calicut in 1993 under the tutelage of the leading orator, literary critic and academic scholar, the late Prof Sukumar Azheekode, who taught him for MA as well as PhD courses.

The dissertations Karassery presented included Novels of Vikom Muhammed Bahseer for his MA, Criticism of Kuttikrishna Marar for his MPhil and Literary and Cultural Values of Mappila songs for his PhD. Later he became professor of Malayalam at the University of Calicut in Kerala. A prolific writer, Karassery is also known for his great oratory skills. A renowned human right activist, Karassery’s commentaries in various periodicals were well received. Although, he did not have any political leanings, Karassery has great respect for Mahatma Gandhi and Abul Kalam Azad. Also known for the issue based support extended to the political dispensations, Karassery has never taken sides unless and until justice prevailed. A lone warrior of gender bias, for the last three
decades, Karassery is fighting against the discrimination faced by women in the Muslim community. Never deterred by the veiled threats from the orthodox religious heads, Karassery keeps vehemently opposing the doctrine of the religious state. Notably, Karassery had taken the might of Abul A’ala Maudidi, the founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami (1941). Karassery argued that the idea of Islamic State will ruin Islam and Muslims alike by becoming a breeding ground for religious fundamentalism and eventually to terrorism. A literary luminary, Karassery has many books to his credit. He was especially fond of the novels written by Vaikkom Muhammed Basheer, the critiques of Kutti Krishna Marar and Poet Kunhunni Mash. Karassery had written a gamut of critical writings, espousing the cause of standing by the ethics and aesthetics alike. A linguist to the core, he loves many languages. Always wary of bombastic writing, Karassery was favouring simple, lucid and direct prose.

Literary works

Prof MN Karassery has written around 48 books. The literary works authored by Karassery includes Pulikkotil Krithikal, a collection of essays on modern Malayalam Literature, distributed by Naitonal Book Stall Kottayam, which is running its second edition; Visakalanam, another collection of essays on modern Malayalam Literature distributed again By National Book Stall, also running into second edition; Thirumohikal is a collection of selected sayings of Prophet Muhammed, published by Prathibha Books Kozhikode, which is running into fourth edition; Mulla Nasaruddeente Potikaikal, a collection of satirical stories, published by Akshara Book Kozhikode, running into fourth edition; Mulla Nasaruddeente Potikkaikal, collection of humourous stories, published by Akshara Book Kozhikode in 1982, running into fourth edition;

MN Karassery to receive UR Ananthamurthy Award for his contribution to the education arena in Kerala

Makkayilekkulla Patha, translation of ‘The Road to Mecca’ by Muhammad Asad, published by Islamic Publishing House, Kozhikode in 1983; Husunul Jamal, The story of ‘Badarul Muneer – Husunul Jamal’ by Moyinkutty Vaidyar for children, published by AI Huda Book Stall, Kozhikode in 1987 running into third edition; Kurimanam, a collection of essays on modern Malayalam literature published by Malayalam Publication Kozhikode in 1987, which has been prescribed as a text book for
undergraduate students in the University of Calicut during 1987-88, which is running into its third edition; Thiruvarul Collection of selected verses from Holy Qur-an, published by Al Huda Book Stall in Kozhikode in 1988, which is in its second edition; Navathalam, a collection of selected modern poems of Malayalam written by different poets, which Karassery edited with detailed study notes, published by PK Brothers of Kozhikode in 1991, which was also prescribed for the undergraduate students in the University of Calicut during 1992-93, and a host of other institutions such as CBSE, Mysore University, Pondicherry University, Madras Higher Secondary
Board, Kannur University, Kerala University – Thiruvananthapuram, MG University in Kottayam; Bangalore University – Bangalore in Karnataka, which is running into its fourth edition.

In addition to that, Alochana, a collection of essays on literature and culture, published by Current Books of Thrissur in 1995, which was introduced as a text book for undergraduate classes in Mysore University during 1998-2000 and for BBM in Mangalore University – Mangalore during 2004 – 2006, while this book is running into its third edition. Saheehul Bukhari, the edited version with an Introductory note of Malayalam translation of Saheehul Bukhari, the collection of sayings of Prophet Muhammad by CN Ahmed Moulavi, published by Al-Huda Book Stall – Kozhikode in 1996, in which Karassery edited it and the book is running into third edition.

Onninte Darshanam is a collection of essays on literature and culture, published by Touring Book stall of Kozhikode in 1996, which again was the text book prescribed for the degree students in the University of Calicut during 2000-2001 and 2002-2003 and the book is running into its third edition. Kazhchavattam, a collection of essays on literature and culture is pubished by PK Brothers Kozhikode in 1997; Tharathamya Sahitya Edited Volume consists of papers on Comparative Literature by eminent scholars was published by the Department of Malayalam, University of Calicut in 1997; Tharathamya Sahitya Chintha Edited volume consists of papers on Comparative Literature by eminent scholars was again published by the Department of Malayalam, University of Calicut in 1998. Mararude Kurukshethram Study on the critical works of Kuttikrishna Marar was published by Vallathol Vidyapeetham, Sukapuram, Edappal in 1998; Text book for B.A. (Malayalam) in the University of Calicut – 2003-2004 and 2004-2005, which is running into second edition; Tharathamya Sahitya Vivekam Edited volume consists of papers on Comparative
Literature by eminent scholars got published by the Department of Malayalam, University of Calicut in 1999; Darsanam Samooham Vyakthi, volume of essays of Sukumar Azheekode collected, selected and designed by Karassery and published by Pappiyon Publications of Kozhikode in 1999, which is running into the second round of print.

Vakkukalude Vismayam, a volume of collected speeches of MT Vasudevan Nair, Edited with introduction by Karassery was published by Pappiyon Publications of Kozhikode in
1999, which has seen the second edition. Rajatharekha, Edited Papers on the history of research activities of Department of Malayalam, University of Calicut by Karassery was published and distributed by the Current Books of Trissur in 1999, which is now running into the second edition. Kulichallennu Paranjalentha?, a collection of essays on literature and culture, published by Lipi Publications of Kozhikode in 1999; Pottekkattu Malayalam Translation of ‘Pottekkattu’ the literary
biography of S.K.Pottekkattu by R. Viswanathan, published by Kendra Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi in 1999; Mulla Nasaruddeente Nerampokkukal, a collection of satirical stories, edited and retold with introduction was published by Lipi Publications Kozhikode in the year 2000, which is now running into second edition.

Basheer Mala History of Vaikom Muhammad Basheer in the traditional song format of Malabar Muslims, introduced by CR Parameswaran, published by Lipi Publications Kozhikode in 2000; Sahitya Sidhantha Charcha Edited volume consists of papers on literary by eminent scholars, brought out by the University of Calicut in the year 2000; Aarum Koluthatha Vilakku Collection of Essays on literature and society, published by Sahithya Pravarthaka Co-op. Society Ltd, Kottayam in 2001. Chekanoorinte Raktham, collection of Essays on ‘Chekanoor Moulavi issue and religious terrorism, introduced by Zachariya, published by Pappiyon Publications Kozhikode in 2000, which
is running into third Edition; Thunchan parambile bleach Collection of humorous essays, introduced by Thomas Jacob, published by Olive Publications, Kozhikode in 2001.  Muslim Nadukalile Pazhamchollukal Collection of proverbs of Islamic countries retold in Malayalam with introduction, published by Pappiyon Publications, Kozhikode in 2001; Pranayaharsham Translation of selected love poems of Jalaluddin Rumi from English, published by Pappiyon Publications, Kohzikode in 2002; Samsaram, a collection of Essays and interviews with Basheer, Sukumar Azhicode, MT Vasudevan Nair and NP Muhammad which is published by Mulberry Publications in Kozhikode in 2003.

Pranayadaham Translation of Selected Love Poems of Khalil Gibran from English is another great work of Karassery, which is published by Pappiyon Publications in 2003. Basheerinte Poonkavanam, another classic collection of essays on the life and works of Vaikom Muhammed Basheer, published by DC Books Kottayam in 2003, running into third edition.

Vargheeyathkkethire Oru Pusthakam is a collection of essays on communalism and Terrorism, published by Mathrubhumi Books Kozhikode in 2004, which also is running into the second edition. Malabar Kalapam, a lengthy dialogue with M Gangadharan on Nalaamlokam, Keraleeyatha and Socio-Political Issues. Nireekshanathinte Rekhakal is a collection of essays on Society and Literature pulished by Poorna Publications of Kozhikode in 2005.  Thelimalayalam is a collection of essays on Malayalam Grammar, Composition and Stylistics, introduced by Venugopala Panicker and published by DC Books in 2005, which is running into the fourth edition, while the book is also prescribed for B.Com in Kannur University during (2006-09) and for graduation students in Mysore University: (2007-08). CN Smaranika CN Ahmed Moulavi birth centenary commemoration volume, Collection of essays by scholars on life and works of CN Moulavi, publishhed by CN Ahammed Moulavi Smaraka Samiti Edathanattukara in 2005,

Shariat-Chila Varthamanangal Collection of dialogues on reforms of Muslim Personal Law with Kamala Surayya, Asghar Ali Engineer, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, Tahir Muhamood, N.P. Muhammed, Thoppil Muhammed Meeran, Sara Aboobacker Introduced by Dr. M. Gangadharan; Padhanthram Collection of Essays on Literature, Society, Feminism and Folklore; Nammude Mumpile Kannadikal Collection of Essays on Literature and Society Introduced by Dr. M.G.S. Narayanan
and published Lipi Publications, Kozhikode in 2006; Oru Vakkinte Padham Collection of Essays on Literature and Society Introduced by M.T. Vasudevan Nair, published by Kairali Book Trust, Kannur in 2007; Vivekam Pakam Aduppilanu? a collection of Essays on Literature and Society, published by Mathrubhumi Books, Kozhikode in 2007; Vaikom Muhammad Basheer Monograph in the Makers of Indian Literature Monograph in the Makers of Indian Literature Series; Ummamarkkuvendi Oru, a collection of Essays on problem of Muslim women; yet another collection of Essays on problem of Muslim women Introduced by J. Devika, published by DC Books, Kottayam in 2008; Naykkalkku Pravesanamilla, an awesome collection of Essays on the life of work of the Malayalam poet, Kunhunny Master, introduced by Attoor Ravi Varma, published by Vallathol Vidyapeedham in 2008; Kunhunni: Lokavum Kolavum, a collection of Essays on society, Language andCulture, introduced by P Govindha Pillai, brought out by Chintha Publishers, Thiruvananthapuram.

Espousing Secularism

Karassery was antithetic to many social maladies including caste bias and social injustice. He relentlessy fought for caste, social, gender and religious equality.
Furthermore, Karassery even mooted for the introduction of a separate department across the country on Happiness. Throughout his writings and lectures, Karassery
championed the cause of maintaining a secular democracy for the benefit of the country and he is a votary for gender justice as well.

An activist to the core, taking on the might of those who are in high pedestal of society, if they involve in any kind of injustice, Karassery was one of the leading
lights of contemporary Kerala, who voices his concern at the first opportunity. For instance, Karassery had led a sit-in protes demanding the arrest of Rev Bishop
Fraco Mulakkal when the news of his alleged rape of a nun broke as early as September last year. Karassery is very sensitive to the social maladies and do not care two
hoots to call a spade a spade. There are huge fan following for Karassery Mash for his outspoken nature and great oratorical skills. Prof MN Karassery has also won N
Mohanan Award and Sambisivan Award besides many other accolades big and small. In fact, the last award Karassery received before the announcement of UR Ananathamurthy
Award was the N Mohanan Award presented by Sarojini, spouse of the late Malayalam poet, ONV Kurup on October 4, 2018. The Indian.News is wishing Prof MN Kakkassery in further contributing much at a time when Kerala is undergoing lot of stress.