|HRS for The Terrorland|
These elderly guys have gathered to talk bookish, eat lavishly and go away hopefully to meet again next year. This is the general impression among the youth, and it's the way people often do at such conferences in Pakistan. The gurus of “organized literature” and leaders of “organized religions" work in almost the same authoritarian way especially under the influence of an unknown fear within! And thus the condition of both is crystal clear in our polarized world.
Ah! Urdu language and literature!
Like women, the ruling class has made Urdu a case of "honor" and is dishonoring both!
Remember: English is no more the language of the once arrogant English—now it’s the language of everyone who wants to use it anywhere in the world. Don’t care for the spelling-bees and clerical minds around you, who make fun of your use of the language—never hesitate to speak or write in English, and feel free to make mistakes—just do it—and things would be normal sooner or later!
Mr. Rehman’s answer describes a very important aspect of the vernacular languages and literature. This comment is relating to our topic. It discusses the literature for literature's sake and literature for the sake of life debate in a commoner's way.
"Like the journalistic atmosphere, the situation of the Pakistani literati is also under the influence of the secret agencies. Iftikhar Arifs (poets) and Fakhar Zamans (fiction writers) are enjoying perks and privileges of their government jobs. Whenever needed, they recycle the poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib of the gone century... (They don't know the 21st century needs cyber age writers)... The poor common writers, especially poets, keep silent out of fear... no one dares to write about the tyranny of the generals. Can you, Mr. Khan, give the example of a single critical poem, especially in Urdu, published in any newspaper or magazine (public recitation is beyond imagination)? You know it all...!"
These poems are examples of the New Wave of Pakistani Resistance Literature in English. Click on the titles below to read: