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 iconic resonance of Gandhian rhetoric and philosophy. regardless of the undeniably critical 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 ultimately emerged from lingering shadows of the British Raj, assesting a brand new and ascendant identification, via artwork, literature, track, movie, and other kinds of pop culture.
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They have fallen to serpents From the fire of whose breath And the poison of whose fangs From horizon to horizon Is a clamour of death and lamentation. Yesterday, the holy Messenger and great Prophets Dressed in soft robes With their broad, illuminated foreheads Lit in your dwelling places The candles of love. But now the Messengers' legacy The miracles of David and Jesus Everything has been looted Aggressors and usurpers have In place of your histories of tolerance Laid at every step the foundations of slaughterhouses.
In a larger dimension, the Palestinian cause is viewed in the poetry as an expression of the universal historical struggle between Alif 18 (1998) 53 justice and injustice. In committing themselves to what they see as the Truth of the just cause, the modern Urdu poets invoke the classical ghazal ethos of true love, that of self-sacrificing dedication to the Beloved. In modern political verse, this ethos finds a poetic voice whose distinctive literary quality arises, as we have seen, from the poets' continual refiguring of the conceptual and imaginal vocabularies of the classical Urdu poetical tradition.
Riyaz Siddiqi, "Blek sitambar", Afkar 37 (April 1973), 23. / hijrat ke manzar dikhate hain/ han log kaise ukharte hain apni zamin se/ ujarte hain apne gharon se/ bichharte hain apne hi khun se/ vaqt ki nadiyon men lahu, ag jal kar jo behte hain/ darya samundar bhala kis tarah shant rehte hain/ yeh sare manazir miri ankhon se mere andar utar kar/ dhamakon ki surat mirejism ojan par guzarte hain/aur main khud bhi arz-e filastin ki manind afat bajan hun/jo biti hai vahan, voh 56 A/I/18 (1998) mire jism men bhi bapa hai/ aise men main bhala kis tarah qubrusi nazm ka tarjamah kar sakunga/ mujh se arz-e filastin ke rangin dinon tak ka jo fasilah hai/ voh har ghair mulki adabpare ka tarjamah hair Tariq Jami, "Main filastin ka tarjamah kar raha to", % 47 (1984), 131.