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Islamabad, July 27: Ever since her thunderous entry into the world of letters at the age of
22, Qurrat-ul-Ain Hyder, probably the greatest of the 20th century
fiction writers of Urdu, has been a topic of animated discussions,
though sometimes for the wrong reasons.
Some writers criticised her for a peculiar milieu depicted in her
works, saying that it was an endeavour to glorify the bourgeoisie,
others thought she was nauseatingly attached to the past and nostalgia
took the better of her. Also, there has been no dearth of the critics
who acknowledged the real worth of her works and gave her the praise
But evaluation and re-evaluation of her work
had been done incessantly during her lifetime. And even now, two years
after her death (she died on August 21, 2007), there is no let-up in
the number of research papers and critical articles written on her life
and art. Some magazines have published special issues on her. Roshnai,
a literary journal published from Karachi, is one of them. It has
recently brought out a voluminous special issue on her.
latest critical article written on her is 'Qurrat-ul-Ain Hyder ki novel
nigari ka fikri tanazur'. Written by Dr Naheed Qamar and published in
the latest issue of Almas, the article discusses at length the
philosophical and ideological perspectives of Qurrat-ul-Ain Hyder's
novels. Dr Qamar feels that partition was deeply rooted in
Qurrat-ul-Ain Hyder's psyche and even while she wrote on themes other
than that, it seemed to be at the back of her mind. It is only Ms
Hyder, she says, who has used 'time' in its broadest possible
perspective. This article surveys Ms Hyder's novels with a keen eye on
the philosophical and literary background of her works.
Though Khairpur's Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) is one of the
country's nascent universities, it has performed some commendable feats
in its brief lifespan. The holding of a truly international conference
in 2008 on 'Literature and national consciousness' was one of them. A
university is known and evaluated by its research activities and its
research publications. Prominent among SALU's research publications is
Almas, a research journal that its Urdu department has been publishing
regularly since 1999.
Recognised by the Higher Education
Commission as a quality research journal, Almas has published in the
recent past many research articles of lasting significance written by
scholars from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Japan, Germany, the
United Kingdom, Egypt and elsewhere.
In addition to Dr
Qamar's article, Almas's just published issue (No 10, 2008) carries
some other worthwhile articles, too. Some of them deserve a special
A paper co-authored by Dr Rubina Tareen and Qaiser
Imtiaz Gurmani, for instance, highlights the contributions of writers
and journalists during the 1857 war of freedom; Dr Aatish Durrani's
paper, criticising the towering figures of Urdu research, emphasises
the use of Urdu informatics for collating rare manuscripts; Dr
Tanzim-ul-Firdaus has come up with quite a scholarly paper,
highlighting the efforts of freedom fighters of 1857 with a special
reference to Ahmedullah Shah Madrasi.
Almas also carries a very interesting paper titled 'Nisai mehsoosaat ki tajseem' (the embodiment of feminine feelings): Rikhti.
Prof Dr Muhammad Yousuf Khushk, the chairman of SALU's Urdu department,
has stated in his editorial quite unassumingly that Almas is Urdu's
first research journal that may be completely read online. Though
Peshawar University's Urdu department's research journal Khayabaan is
also available online, it gives only selected portions. But Almas
offers the entire text at SALU's website (www.salu.edu.pk).
It is a matter of pride for all concerned that a university situated in
the interior of Sindh is producing a quality research journal in Urdu
and has made it available to the entire world. -firstname.lastname@example.org
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President urged to stop demotion of Urdu varsity's VC
Islamabad: The Teachers Association of the Federal Urdu
University has urged President Asif Ali Zardari, also chancellor of the
university, to stop the demotion and resignation of the university's
According to reports, Dr Mohammad Qaiser, vice-chancellor of the
university, has been demoted and his name, among others, has been
forwarded to Sindh governor for pro-vice chancellor of the Karachi
Dr Qaiser would be the fifth consecutive
vice-chancellor who would resign prematurely from the university since
its inception in 2002 when Professor Pirzada Qasim left the university
and joined the University of Karachi.
In a statement issued
here on Saturday, association president (Abdul Haq Campus) Professor
Nasir Abbas and secretary general Dr Abdul Ghafoor Baloch and other
office-bearers appealed to the president and Sindh governor not to
demote Dr Qaiser.
"The University of Karachi is full of
talent of its own and the post of a pro-vice chancellor can easily be
filled from within the university," they said.
appealed to the teachers of the University of Karachi and the civil
society to raise voice against this step and help save the basic right
of the Karachites to higher education.
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Book revives debate on role of arts, science in serving humanity
Islamabad: Referring to Dr Aalia Imam's book Ekisveen sadi
main science aur adab, tazad kahan launched at the National Press Club
here on Saturday by literary organisation, Daira, International Islamic
University President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, said its publication
was coinciding with world wide celebration of 25 years of man's landing
He said the book took up the plea for benign side of sciences. As for
science's baneful effect, he pointed out that people of this
Sub-continent lived in a region always dreading that awful day when
relations of two neighboring countries might go awry and they might
become the victims of first strike of nuclear bombs.
could be reduced to X-ray shadows, like the victims of Hiroshima and at
the same time the humanity might end in smoke.
It was left to
former Ambassador Sarwar (pronounced Suroor) Naqvi to bring home the
relevance between science and arts. He recalled for the benefit of the
audience the loud debate on relations between the two cultures of
science and arts introduced in England by the late CP Snow during the
fifties of the last century.
However, Justice (retired)
Waheed Siddiqui spoke emphatically that science and arts were really
not in confrontation with each other; both had a role in serving
humanity. He said Dr Aalia Imam had renewed the argument in her present
book which was a collection of ten polemic essays. "Dr Imam wants
science to move in the right direction taking inspiration from Dr
Albert Einstein who once wrote, "moving is not important but in which
direction we are moving that is the most important thing."
Aalia Imam made a resounding defence of her essays. She pledged to
campaign against the destructive direction which science has taken
producing munitions, which killed humanity and destroyed the entire
glorious heritage than man had created in the world through arts and
She said this must end because productions of
munitions create excuse for long wars. In such circumstances science
becomes a tool for perpetrating injustice and disparity among the
people. The ends of science and arts are, and always will be, the
prosperity of human society. "I see no clash between the two
disciplines of knowledge," said the scholar.
Language Authority Chairman Iftikhar Arif giving a narration of her
scholarship at the Lucknow University from where she obtained her
doctorate degree said the event became a platform for recalling the
glorious career of Dr Aalia Imam.
Her fund of knowledge and
her gentle disposition was praised by a number of speakers including
Agha Nasir, Mansoor Aqil, Firdaus Alam, Saima Batool, Mahboob Zafar and
Daira's president Ghazanfar Mehdi moved a
resolution in the literary meeting asking the government to recognise
Dr Imam's standing as a great literary person by conferring on her
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