An Extraordinary Personality
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