By Ali Husain Mir, Raza Mir
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They are vital terrains of engagement that must constantly and consciously be brought into the service of ideologies. The progressive poets offered us a vision for which those among us who believe in social justice and in struggle must be grateful. And now, more than ever, we need our Faiz, our Majaz and our Sahir. Ghalib once wrote: Hooñ garmi-e nishaat-e tassavvur se naghma-sanj Maiñ andaleeb-e gulshan-e na-aafreeda hooñ I sing with the warmth of the joy my imagination brings I am the nightingale of that garden which has not yet been created.
Joshi and the radicals led by B. T. Ranadive played themselves out in the literary arena as well. The Ranadive doctrine was more or less adopted by the PWA with Abdul Aleem issuing what amounted to a policy statement: ‘The so-called nationalist government proclaim themselves as enemies of imperialism but make compromises with it. All their policies are in the interests of capitalists while they pretend to represent the people. ’ The world according to the new manifesto (1949) was split between two camps – the democratic and the imperialist.
How many rainfalls will it take to wash away the bloodstains? The heart did desire fiercely, but its wounds gave no respite If only we could share grievances too, after the pleasantries were done Devastating were the moments when the pain of love came to an end Very cruel were the mornings after the gentleness of those nights Faiz, that one thing which I went there to say with all my heart That very thing was left unsaid, after so much had been spoken *** The engagement of the progressive poets with the issue of nationalism was complex and contingent.