Monday, January 10, 2011
As 2011 has officially been declared the Faiz Centenary Year, the National Language Authority (NLA) gears up to introduce the first book on Faiz Ahmed Faiz titled ‘Faiz Saddy — Muntakhab Mazameen’. Published by NLA, the book is compiled by renowned poets and scholars Professor Yousaf Hasan and Dr. Rawish Nadeem.
In present times when the identity of the Pakistani people has been severely tarnished by the self-appointed protagonists of religion who are engaged in heinous crimes against humanity, there is no one better than Faiz Ahmed Faiz to project the real self of the nation. Through Faiz, we can show the world that the people of Pakistan are a happy lot — tolerant, accommodating, peaceful, loving and warmhearted. It will be a befitting tribute to the memory of Faiz if this occasion is made the platform to project the real image of Pakistan by widely disseminating his message of humanity, peace and brotherhood.
To start the Faiz’s centenary celebrations, Progressive Writers Union, Islamabad-Rawalpindi chapter, is organising the launching ceremony of the first book on January 13 at the National Language Authority’s Aiwan-e-Urdu, Pitras Bokhari Road, Sector H-8/4, at 3:30 p.m. The ceremony will be chaired by International Islamic University (IIU) Rector Professor Fateh Mohammad Malik and the chief guests will be Professor Yousaf Hasan and Dr. Rawish Nadeem.
Renowned writers and scholars Agha Saleem, Kishwar Naheed, Ahmed Saleem, Ashfaq Saleem Mirza, Haris Khalique and Dr. Salahuddin Derwaish will discuss the contents of the book on Faiz, his poetry and personality.
The PWU had announced earlier that the year 2011 will be the 100th birth anniversary of Faiz, which will be celebrated throughout the world by admirers of this great poet of the twentieth century.
Faiz Ahmad Faiz was one of the most prominent Pakistani poets who won unparalleled global acclaim. He symbolised all that is humane, dignified, refined, brave and challenging and patriotic in Pakistani society. His poetry reflects his intellectual resentment and resistance against an unjust and archaic social order, which he rejects on rational grounds as anti-human; yet it has no bitterness. He remains loving and loveable, respected and respectful.