By Ferial Jabouri Ghazoul
The difficulty of Alif explores a substantial number of subject matters 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 critical difficulties that afflict the folk of South Asia, there's additionally a lot to have fun after part a century of independence. there's a pervasive experience that the subcontinent has ultimately emerged from lingering shadows of the British Raj, assesting a brand new and ascendant id, via paintings, literature, song, movie, and different kinds of pop culture.
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The famous opening couplet of the following poem turned the terms of the government's discourse against it and became a popular taunt at Zia's regime: Go to the battlefield where Islam is in danger! Why do you only threaten our lives? Why don't you go to Lebanon Jalib concluded the poem with the ironic observation: Whenever I ask permission to go to Beirut, The authorities say, "You! "45 Alif 18 (1998) 49 Ahmad Faraz (1931-), considered by many to be the finest living Urdu poet, was forced into exile during the Zia years and wrote a number of poems in fierce criticism of the military ruler.
46 The transformation of Palestine into a metaphor for the politics of resistance in Pakistan is also seen in the works of the Urdu poet most closely identified with the Palestinian cause Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1911-1984), generally regarded as the greatest Urdu poet of the post-Partition era. From the 1950s to the end of his life, Faiz remained a prominent figure in the intellectual and political landscape of Pakistan. His fifth collection of poems, Above the Valley of Sinai (Sar-e vadi-e sina), published in 1969, took its title from that of a poem Faiz wrote on the June 1967 War.