By Ferial Jabouri Ghazoul
The problem of Alif explores a substantial number of topics 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 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 id, via artwork, literature, track, movie, and other kinds of pop culture.
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2 Little note has been taken, however, of the existence of poetry on Palestine in languages other than Arabic. It is, for instance, not widely known outside the Indian subcontinent that a significant body of poetry has been produced in Urdu on the theme of Palestine. 3 The Urdu poetry of Pakistan and northern India constitutes one of the most vibrant of contemporary poetical traditions. Poetry remains the pre-eminent literary form in Urdu, ahead of the short story and the novel. Public poetry recitals (singular: musha'irah) attract large audiences, are widely circulated on audio and video cassette and, in Pakistan at least, are regularly broadcast on radio and television.
The poet Habib Jalib, who, among the most outspoken public critics of Gen Zia's government, was imprisoned and tortured by the military regime. 44 Habib Jalib used his poems on the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon to heap scorn on Zia's claims to be a champion of Islam. 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?
29 Similar expressions of support for the Palestinian resistance were made by several poets. The outbreak of the Intifadah in the Occupied Territories in 1987 produced, among others, the following poem by Mehmud Rahim entitled, "Intifadah: To the Unarmed Freedom-fighters of Palestine": Encircled by the enemy, the footsoldiers go forth Today the children of resolution go forth Marhabal Marhabal^ You who are teaching the winds the Verse of Victory31 Marhabal Young daughters Whose hands bear no jewels, but stones Marhabal 44 A/I/18 (1998) Schoolboys Who dance in the sights of the tyrant's gun Marhaba\ When tyranny decreed that honour be stripped of its cloak And the kings in their palaces spun fine words of equivocation Naked, the procession of the people went forth Marhaba!
ALIF 18: Post-Colonial Discourse in South Asia by Ferial Jabouri Ghazoul