By Ferial Jabouri Ghazoul
The difficulty of Alif explores a substantial number of issues and difficulties that exist in modern South Asia, offereing views on poetry and fiction, pop culture and mythmaking, in addition to the long-lasting resonance of Gandhian rhetoric and philosophy. regardless of the undeniably severe difficulties that afflict the folks of South Asia, there's additionally a lot to have a good time after part a century of independence. there's a pervasive feel that the subcontinent has eventually emerged from lingering shadows of the British Raj, assesting a brand new and ascendant id, via paintings, literature, tune, movie, and different kinds of pop culture.
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Written at the height of the Israeli invasion of 1982, of which these are the concluding verses: For the sake of Yasser's brave warriors For those who struggle against darkness For the first rays of the morning sun To sacrifice ourselves for all of these, let us go To Lebanon! To Lebanon! To give courage to the people of Passion To sacrifice our lives to Truth To die in the path of Fidelity Let us take our heads to the battlefield To Lebanon! To Lebanon! This war is for justice in the world This war is for all those who have known sorrow This war is for all of Adam's children To raise the very worth of humanity: Go!
In a poem written for the memory of the Palestinian leader Abu Jihad following his assassination by Israeli commandos in Tunis in 1988, Faraz stressed the common cause which he and Abu Jihad shared. He did not lose the opportunity to undermine Gen Zia's claims to be a friend of the Palestinians by invoking the fact that Zia had played an active role as an officer in the Jordanian army in its operations against the Palestinians in September 1970: That pain which throbbed in your heart like a blister, That same pain is the ulcer on my tongue, We are targets of the same spear, victims of the same arrow, If there is a difference, it is only of the hand and the bow.
28 The concern of Urdu poets with Palestine is an extension of a larger political commitment to the Palestinian cause among the Alif 18 (1998) 43 general public in Pakistan. The most direct expressions of this commitment are to be found in the blunt political verse of the activist poet Habib Jalib (1928-83), popularly known as "the people's poet" ('avami sha'ir). " written at the height of the Israeli invasion of 1982, of which these are the concluding verses: For the sake of Yasser's brave warriors For those who struggle against darkness For the first rays of the morning sun To sacrifice ourselves for all of these, let us go To Lebanon!
ALIF 18: Post-Colonial Discourse in South Asia by Ferial Jabouri Ghazoul