Tag: Urdu

Now you see it, now you don’t!

The current language policy is a case in point where official pronouncements demonstrate a will to respect and accept all lingual and historical legacies of native cultures, but in fact marginalize their languages and cultural icons by excluding them from all official deliberations and plans. Tactics of maintaining power and control have also been modernized…

Review: Satyapal Anand in “A Vagrant Mirror”

In Shakespeare’s language, if world is a stage, Satyapal Anand is an amazing performer on this stage who is constantly narrating mythologies, philosophies and human mysteries to his mesmerized, captive audience. With a vagrant mirror in his hand, he is showing them a real face. Title:                        A Vagrant Mirror Poet:                        Satyapal Anand Publisher:             Trafford Publishing,…

Pakistaniaat: Summer Print Issue Published

I just want to share the news that the print issue of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies Vol. 3, No. 2 has now been published. This issue provides, besides general content, a focused cluster on Fawzia Afzal-Khan‘s controversial memoir Lahore with Love. The memoir, as you might recall, was published by Syracuse University press…

Zafarullah Poshni and Faiz Ahmed Faiz in Dallas

As the last survivor of the Rawalpindi conspiracy case, Zaffarullah Poshni, still in good health at his age, represents an extraordinary group of individuals who cared about the miseries of people and struggled for their rights through a peaceful movement. Faiz and his poetry were celebrated in a colorful event last Tuesday in Dallas, Texas.…

Celebrating Faiz and Urdu in New York

Celebrating Faiz Ahmed Faiz and the Urdu language in New York is a rarity which actually materialized as part of the 5th Almi Urdu Conference that devoted a whole day to this legendary Urdu poet, his work and his life. The colorful activities also included a book launching, presentations of research papers, two musical performances…

Awan-e-Urdu Celebrates National Poet of Pakistan in Jashn-e Iqbal Symposium in Orlando, Florida

In the waves of ongoing Urdu Mushairahs in every big city of North America, very few organizations are offering research conferences and symposiums on serious literary, cultural and political topics on Pakistan these days. Awan-e Urdu of Orlando, Florida, however, has a distinction of organizing programs on thought provoking topics on a regular basis. It…

Happy Birthday: Pakistan Forum

Today is the third birthday of The Pakistan Forum, which was launched under the title “Pakistaniaat Forum” as a blog affiliated with Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies. Not surprisingly, our first ever blog post was about the journal: Pakistaniaat Call for Submissions–December Issue That issue was successfully published and since then we have published…

Iqbal: His many faces

He subscribed to the Western form of democracy and endorsed voting rights of individuals while opposing women’s emancipation. Validating the Soviet wave of Marxism and supporting the 1917 Russian revolution he profoundly believed that religion and politics are inseparable. Despite his reputation as a poet-philosopher committed to the vision of Islamic renaissance, Allama Iqbal’s ideological…