KL Desk

Professor Altaf Hussain Tak of Kashmir University’s English department passed away this evening.
Prof. Tak joined the department of English as Reader in 1987.  Before joining the department,  he had been working as Lecturer in the Department of Humanities, Regional Engineering College (now NIT) for seven years.

Having been awarded M.A  and Ph.D from the University of Kashmir Professor Tak also obtained a Diploma from the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL), Hyderabad.

Professor Tak has edited, translated and authored 26 books which include Coleridge and Modern Criticism (2004).  Besides, he also has contributed number of articles on literary criticism and Indian English Poetry to various journals.
Expert in subjects of criticism, postmodernism and new literatures, Prof.  Tak has headed the Department of English twice and has also been  Dean Faculty of Arts.

Death of scholar has been widely condoled across all the sections particularly by the teaching, non- teaching and students of the Kashmir University.


  1. The department loses a legend… Alas! Our dearest Tak sir is no more
    An Obituary of my REVERENCES & IDEAL Prof.A H Tak(Professor & Former Head of the Department Postgraduate Department of English,University of Kashmir)
    I’m Free

    Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
    I’m following the path God has laid you see.
    I took His hand when I heard him call
    I turned my back and left it all.

    I could not stay another day
    To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
    Tasks left undone must stay that way
    I found that peace at the close of day.

    If my parting has left a void
    Then fill it with remembered joy.
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
    Oh yes, these things I too will miss.

    Be not burdened with times of sorrow
    I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
    My life’s been full, I savored much
    Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

    Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
    Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
    Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
    God wanted me now; He set me free.


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