Hanif Baktash

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M. Hanif Baktash PhD 2010

Hanif Baktash PhD (Pashto: ډاکټر حنیف بکتا ش ) is considered as one of the Pashto language's leading contemporary poets and writers.[1]

Life and education[edit]

Mohamad Hanif Baktash, an ethnic Pashtun of the Amarkhel tribe, was born on 9 May 1961 in Maidan Shar (30 km far from Kabul). He was married with Meena Baktash (British Broadcasting Corporation BBC). They had two sons.

He started his studies in Mazar-i-Sharif and then continued in Maidan Shar, Kandahar, Helmand and finished Habibia High School of Kabul in 1978. He holds a graduate degree in social science from the Kabul Institute of Pedagogy. He received a PhD diploma in History from the Supreme Attestation Commission of the USSR in 1993 for his thesis titled "War in Afghanistan: Social – Political Reasons and Consequences”. In the summer of 1993 he moved to London[2] and as of 2002 he is a British Citizen. During his time in the UK he cooperated as a journalist with the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC in 1998 and 1999. Since 2009 he worked as a consultant for Afghanistan at a consultancy in Hamburg (Germany). Baktash was well versed in several languages (Pashto, Dari, English and Russian).[3] Hanif Baktash died in 2011.

Literary and research works[edit]

In 1976 Baktash won a Pashto poetry prize in Afghanistan which opened his way into Afghan media.[4] His main books include:

  • یادداشت هاونوشته ها  : My Note Book (analytical research in Dari) 1984 Kabul Afghanistan
  • دځنګله سترګوکې : In the Eyes of Forest (collection of poems in Pashto) 1987 Kabul Afghanistan [5]
  • کله چې لمردخدای ایتونه لولي When the Sun Reads the Verses of God (collection of poems in Pashto) 2009 Kabul Afghanistan[6]
  • شعرې که خنجر است : The Poem Which is Sword (collection of poems of young poets including his own poems in Pashto and Dari ) 1983 Kabul Afghanistan
  • صدا The Voice (collection of poems of young poets including his own poems in Pashto and Dari) 1984 Kabul Afghanistan

See also[edit]

  • هېواد Hewad 1976-1977-1978-1987 Kabul /Afghanistan
  • انیس Anis 1976–1987 / Kabul/ Afghanistan
  • میرمن Merman May 1976 Kabul / Afghanistan
  • ژوندون Zhwandoon Magazine 1976 Kabul/ Afghanistan
  • جوانان امروز:دودست بسوی ظا هر شاه Jawanane Emrooz (July 1987)
  • "دبکتا ش دشعر ښوونځۍ اوځانګړۍ سبک"  :اکا ډمیسین سلیمان لایق "The Baktash Poetical School and Special Style": Academician Sulayman Layq; rawzana
  • د پښتو د معا صرې شا عرۍ مخکښ بکتاش naweederooz
  • The Organ of Afghan Writers Union Klobe Qalam Sweden 2010