Wednesday, November 15, 2017


An overwhelming, notable picture is permanently stamped at the forefront of my thoughts and comes up again as I read the name "Sibte Hasan" on the spine of these books: a man with a swathe of white hair, pipe close by and talking in a reasonable, explain way. Experiencing childhood in Karachi, I came to perceive Hasan as a well-known nearness on the scholarly scene, yet it was in the wake of entering medicinal school that I went over his books that were passed around with alert, yet enthusiastically looked for, in understudy circles. These appeared as important as a help as the Zia tyranny pushed a smothering, nationalistic conservative perspective to combine its hang on the nation. For some individuals of my age gathering, it will be hard to isolate Hasan's books from the time when we initially experienced them. In spite of the fact that I held back before completely subscribing to their perspective, a recognizable tremor goes through me as I get new books either by or about him.

Hasan composed with savage energy all his life and was a gigantic and inexhaustible penman, ever prepared to adapt to present circumstances. He took after the requests of news coverage similarly with lobbyist concerns. The articles in Sibte Hasan: Adeeb Aur Samaji Amal, arranged and altered by Dr S. Jaffar Ahmed, are winnowed from a lifetime of composing. Composed at various circumstances and for various purposes, the assortment of articles gathered here is intriguing. In a few spots, Hasan appears to drop out of advance with what he has expressed distinctively in different spots; different occurrences practically sob for him to build up the contention further. It would be a confuse to search for the firm contentions that describe his best work, from Mazi Kay Mazar to Moosa Say Marx Tak, yet the clarity of his style here, and the unmistakable headedness with which he comes to hold with the theme he is expounding on, is amazing. Dr Ahmed has made it his life's awesome energy to gather and protect the scattered and shifted works of his scholarly master; this is the third volume of such uncollected compositions that he has altered. One may believe that the essayist's best work is as of now known thus this book isn't probably going to adjust our conclusion or develop it any further, however Hasan was excessively differing and fluctuated an author and this gathering hurls new parts of his work.

The book is separated into two sections, the main comprising of more hypothetical and scientific expositions while the second area incorporates various articles on specific writers. The long piece about the historical backdrop of the Urdu dialect prefigures Shamsur Rahman Faruqi's contention in Urdu Ka Ibtidai Zamana: Adbi Tehzeeb-o-Tareekh Ka Pehlu, that what was named as Hindi or Hindvi later came to be known as Urdu. A concise article on Karl Marx and his idea of distance makes one wish that Hasan had dug further regarding this matter. The article on current verse from Iran has a place with Hasan's initial period and appears to be fairly dated at this point. Another amazing article is on the connection amongst national and local culture, a contention Hasan later created on the advancement of culture in the areas that involve Pakistan. The piece after which this book titled is a decent outline of his perspectives on the author's social obligation.

The second area opens with a befitting tribute to Hasrat Mohani, as Hasan describes his initially meeting with the undaunted maulana who was getting water from a neighborhood tap. Hasan goes ahead to depict Mohani's firm disposition when he rebuked the Progressives from creating an impression against what was then viewed as "foulness" and one can see that in the prime of Ismat Chughtai, Saadat Hasan Manto and Meeraji this more likely than not been a sore point. The tribute to Akhtar Hussain Raipuri is short and commendatory; it skirts clear of the questionable issues which had come up between them. I review that when I talked with Dr Raipuri in his nightfall days, a remark of his drew Hasan's wrath who composed a letter to the manager elucidating his position. I knew Hasan to be a liberal man who stayed away from any such contentions, however I wish that I had talked with him keeping in mind the end goal to finish the two sides of the story. A letter routed to Makhdoom Mohiuddin and commemoration remarks made in a meeting about Faiz Ahmed Faiz days after his demise are significant, coming about because of years of affiliation, yet the initial exposition on Rasul Ghamzatov's Mera Daghistan is an exceptional enjoyment, mirroring the well-meaning essentialness to be found in the book itself.

The best thing about such accumulations is that one can discover fascinating works missed before. For me, the fairly concise letter about Majaz Lakhnawi is an entrancing revelation, which I read out of the blue. It is intriguing less for what it informs us concerning Majaz (nothing which isn't now known), however for the fairly terse reaction it provides for a now cloud artist Salam Machhlishehri, who more likely than not been exceptional known in that period. In an outline rejection, Hasan manages Machhlishehri's claim that the Progressives did not give due view to his role as they experienced a common partiality. Machhlishehri blamed the Dynamic author Rashid Jahan similar to the person who acquainted Majaz with liquor, and goes ahead to propose that Chughtai ought to have hitched Majaz. In his energetic way, Hasan requests that Machhlishehri thank his stars that Jahan didn't know about his assertion. With respect to Chughtai, she had just penned the delightful yet hard-hitting Ek Shohar Ki Khatir thus would not have taken the proposal of some person spouse chasing for her sake resting. Hasan's article unmistakably reports that even a portion of the self-announced Dynamic journalists kept on being disturbed by Chughtai and Jahan. I wish Hasan had composed more in this vein and recorded a greater amount of his recollections; aside from his different books, Shehr-I-Nigaran — his diaries of early days in Hyderabad — is an interesting book, in a class without anyone else's input.

The volume of memorial articles, Sibte Hasan: Shakhsiyat Aur Fikr, is typically a blended pack. Hasan's scholarly heritage is taken up by a large group of researchers including Hamza Alavi, Mubarak Ali, Sahar Ansari, Ahmad Hamdani, Muhammad Ali Siddiqui and others. Those offering tributes of a more individual nature incorporate Kaifi Azmi, Zahida Hina, Noor Zaheer, Shaukat Siddiqui, Hasan Abidi and Dr Anwar Ahmed. The best commitment, as anyone might expect, is by the editorial manager himself. The long audit article was composed in 1987 for a dedication issue of the Karachi-based diary Exploration Discussion, as indicated by a note given at the base of the page. This could well shape the premise of a full life story of Hasan's scholarly adventure, and who could compose it superior to Dr Ahmed?

A uniquely intriguing commitment originates from Intizar Husain, composed initially as a daily paper eulogy. I needed to peruse it again in this setting as I was already aware the two had a welcoming associate, yet ideological contrasts. I was searching for underhanded compliments, of which Husain was an extraordinary ace. As per Husain, the vital thing was not whether the examination offered was right to the last degree, yet that it influenced us to bring up issues and constrained us to think. "During a time in which we appear to make due on discharge trademarks and passionate responses, it is important that this author influences us to think," he finishes up. This could well be one of the finest tributes paid to Hasan, however it likewise discloses why he keeps on being an imperative figure today.

The lyrics toward the end are somewhat customary and truth be told, maybe a couple appear to trivialize Hasan's life and work by wrapping him superfluously in a cover of wistfulness. These could have been effectively excluded as they don't add much to our comprehension of this indispensable investigator and social faultfinder, who is generally very much served by these new and profitable productions.
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