Behind the CSK

In response to G R Sufi''s article

Rafeeq Masoodi
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jun 19 2017 1:23AM | Updated Date: Jun 19 2017 1:23AM
Behind the CSK

I really enjoyed reading the article `A dignified way of helping others' by my dearest friend GR Sufi. I want to keep records straight so far as Cancer Society Of Kashmir is concerned.

I as the founder member remember it very well that it was Late Khwaja Sana u allah Bhat of daily 'Aftab' who was the inspiration behind the very concept. Dr.Ashiq Hussain Naqashbandi those days was a frequent visitor to Khwaja Sahab. I first met Dr. Sahib there only, infact Khwaja sahib only introduced me to Dr.Ashiq. Since Khwaja was not keeping well and Dr. Sahib would see him occasionally & suggest various care-taking tips. They would discuss something like cancer society formation but, at that point of time, not my interest. Same week I visited my Murshid Alhaj Muhammad Shafi Qari at Tral where I found Dr.Ashiq Sahib also requesting him to lead our fight against a dreaded disease like cancer who was not in anyway agreeing to his proposal but definitely liked the proposal & promised his support and also pointed towards me, " YIM NIYUKH (Take him)" without knowing the purpose behind his choice. I told yes to Dr.Sahib as I was impressed by his seriousness towards the project. Next few days Dr.Sahib invited me too to a meeting at  "Aftab" office in the historical chamber of Late Khwaja sahib, which we attended & CSK was born with the first contribution of Rs 50 thousand from Khwaja sahib. The next meeting at Fayaz Ahmed Kaloo Sahib's  (Chief Editor Greater Kashmir) office I was the second member to opt for life membership. In  that meeting I met many great people like Dr.Meraj ud din, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Masood Ahmed Mir, Prof.Mushtaq Qureshi & many others. My dear friend late Qayoom Bakhshi came later into the fold but these friends are the initial conceivers of the idea of forming 'CSK" but there is no doubt Sufi sahib contributed a lot in making CSK dream come true and not to speak of Late Bakhshi sahib who was so passionate about the whole idea. Sometimes he would rebuke me for my non -seriousness & doubts that "membership of CSK" would be an add on degree for many doctors. So with all humbleness I say that Muhammad Shafi Qari, Khwaja Sana U Alla Bhat & Dr.Ashiq Hussain  & Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo were the brains behind this dream. Fayaz Sahib gave us shelter to hold meetings for a very long time till we had once an NRK friend Dr.Mushtaq Bokhari who offered office in Lalmandi where this child CSK blossomed into an institution. 

We found people had no idea of this disease. Greater Kashmir, Aftab & Radio Kashmir played an important role in shaping CSK. TV unfortunately didn't co-operate with us those days for they had some personal issues with some member

May be I have  faltered in reproducing the history for which I apologise. For a very long time we few carried forward this noble idea which has come to fruition in the form of CSK. Lone live the CSK and not the first letter C.

(Dr.Rafeeq Masoodi, the founder member CSK, is the Former Additional Director General, Doordarshan.)