An Ex­tra­or­di­nary Per­son­al­ity

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

Your pro­file on Faiz Ahmed Faiz was well-writ­ten, sum­ma­riz­ing the life and work of per­haps one of the most in­flu­en­tial per­son­al­i­ties com­mand­ing an artis­tic flair in South Asia. Faiz Ahmed Faiz is cer­tainly a trea­sure for Pak­istan whose po­etry is still widely read across the coun­try and the world. Not only was Faiz an in­tel­lec­tual but, the Lenin Peace Prize which the govern­ment of Moscow be­stowed upon him is a tes­ti­mony to his in­tel­lec­tual ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful poet and

an in­tel­lec­tual while be­long­ing to the mid­dle class re­quires pa­tience, in­tel­li­gence and per­se­ver­ance which were part of Faiz’s per­son­al­ity. A per­son of Faiz’s cal­iber needs to work with freedom. How­ever, he was sent to jail fol­low­ing the fail­ure of Ma­jor Gen­eral Ak­bar Khan’s coup in 1951. Faiz was im­pris­oned for the sec­ond time for pub­lish­ing pro-com­mu­nist ar­ti­cles which showed his in­cli­na­tion to­wards Rus­sia. Apart from be­ing a poet, Faiz also en­joyed a post at the In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Min­istry in 1965 where he gath­ered sup­port for the Indo-Pak war. It is also no­table that his fa­mous poem “Lazim hai keh hum bhi dekhen­gay…” has been sung by Pak­istani singers and has be­come fa­mous es­pe­cially among the youth of Pak­istan.

Faraz Haider Karachi, Pak­istan

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