Literary journals thing of the past?
Urdu literary journals in Lahore
Lahore, Oct 16: They say that a literary journal is doomed to die sooner or
later. This saying seems to be more valid in Lahore, the country's
centre of literary and cultural activities of yore. The two main
literary movements of the country -the Progressive Writers Movement and
the Halqa Arbab-e-Zauq -flourished here and a large number of literary
icons from Allama Iqbal to Faiz made it their abode.
One of the main
functions of literary journals is to introduce young budding writers to
readers providing them with an outlet for reaching out to society and
gaining readership. Other main functions include maintaining the
critical standards by publishing critical essays and providing the
intelligentsia with a platform to share their knowledge and guide and
prepare a new generation of writers. But now such journals, which are
mostly monthlies, are disappearing one after the other at a fast pace
and one can hardly find a literary journal at any bookstall or bookshop.
The few journals which are still being printed are struggling to
survive owing to multiple reasons.
Urdu literary journals, including
Funoon, Adab-e-Latif and Takhleeq, used to keep lovers of literature
updated on happenings in literary circles and upcoming writers. With
separate sections of poetry, short stories and essays, they nurtured the
budding writers for a long time. Urdu poetry especially thrived under
the benign influence of literary journals and their Ghazal and Nazm
sections always remained popular. They also came out with special
editions on great writers from time to time containing rare writings
which could not be found in any book.
In Lahore, some literary
journals represented groups as well which were spearheaded by great
literary figures like the late Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi and Wazir Agha. The
former was the editor of Funoon, which was continuously published for 43
years till the death of Qasmi Sahib in 2006, while the latter came out
with Auraq and both groups remained at odds with each other.
debatable whether these groups had damaged or benefited the literary
scene of Lahore but certainly both of them had produced writers and
hence promoted literature in the country. Siddiqa Begum, editor of
Adab-e-Latif for past 30 years, thinks that groups were beneficial to
literary journals as they provided an opportunity for difference of
ideas to flourish and at least those affiliated with the groups were
getting and reading editions of the journal of the opposite group.
was founded by Siddiqa Begum's father Chaudhry Barkat Ali in 1935 and
after his death she took over and carried on publishing it without a
break despite her failing health. But she is not very hopeful about the
future of her journal and says that there is nobody to take over her
job. She says that there is no monetary profit in publishing a literary
journal and one cannot do it as a business. She is of the opinion that
she was successful in publishing Adab-e-Latif as she belonged to a
well-to-do family and did not have any financial constraints which had
afflicted most of the literary journals. She says that most of the 1,100
copies of her journal are dispatched as complimentary copies so there
is no question of earning any profit and whatever money is generated
from advertisement is spent on postal charges. Moreover, bookshop owners
are not willing to give place to literary journals in their shops on
the pretext that they have no buyers, she maintains.
editor of monthly Takhleeq, says anybody willing to bring out a literary
journal requires commitment as well as capital. He says he has been
doing other jobs to support his journal which he founded in 1971.
Talking about the problems faced by literary journals, he says
publishing a literary journal is becoming more expensive day by day. He
says that literary pages by daily newspapers have damaged the literary
journals most as a piece of writing printed in a daily along with the
writer's picture got more attraction for him. He says that with the
passage of time the demands by the companies which give adverts have
also increased as they demand colour pages now which are more expensive
than the black and white ones.
Azhar Javed complains that renowned
writers and poets also give a cold shoulder to literary journals and
they take the journals for granted though most of 1,000 copies of
Takhleeq are dispatched as complimentary to writers and poets.
says that the government has recently increased the postal charges which
are difficult to bear, especially if a copy is sent abroad. Nayar Hayat
Qasmi, the grandson of Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, is trying to revive Funoon
whose special issue on Qasmi Sahib appeared on his death anniversary in
June. Though the effort for the revival of the literary journal got a
positive feedback and orders have been place for reprinting of 300 more
copies of Funoon's June edition, Nayar complains about the financial
constraints. He says that there are few companies willing to give
adverts and bearing the expenses of the journal is a mammoth task. He
says that the number of serious writers is decreasing while the attitude
of established and renowned writers is also not encouraging as he was
able to get their creations only after repeated requests. He also
complains about increase in the charges by post office which causes a
considerable increase in the expenses of the journal. -By Irfan Aslam (The writer works as a sub with the newspaper and can be reached at email@example.com) -The news
"Adab Azhar Uncle, My name is Sarmad Iqbal and I am Son-In-Law of your Darwaish (Saint) Late Mr. Shams Naghman (Mr. Shams-ul-Haq Khan). I & my wife (their daughter "Sobia") was a frequent reader of "Monthly Takhleeq" but after the death of Uncle Shams, this golden oppurtunity is no more. Uncle Shams told me several times that I must write at least "Letters" after thorough reading every edition of "Takhleeq" as a critic reader but as a "1st Flight of a Young Bird". I thought many times on it but was shy of doing so. You also know that I wrote my first letter to you about the death of Uncle Shams & it was also published in Januarys 2005 Edition. This has encouraged me to write. Sobia & me thought several times that we would request you for this oppurtunity to send us "Takhleeq" again on Monthly Basis. In the light of all above facts & your old relations with Uncle Shams, we both are requesting you to kindly add us in your mailing list for the "Monthly Takhleeq". Also please inform me about the subcription of yearly membership and any other official requirment. We hope that you will not turn down our humble request. My mailing address is: Sarmad Iqbal, Programm Coordinator, Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE), Sir Syed Memorial Building, 19-Attaturk Avenue, G-5/1, Islamabad. Mob.# ****-*******,Off # ***-*******, Ext-*** and ***. Anxiously waiting for a favorable reply. Humble regards, Sarmad Iqbal"
Name: Sarmad Iqbal
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan.
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UAF begins probe into attack on VC's house
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF)
administration initiated a probe into an attack on the house of the
vice-chancellor by issuing a charge-sheet against 13 students of
different hostels, sources said on Friday.
against students has been started as the warden office, directorate of
students' affairs and state department after two weeks of investigation
have pointed out some firebrand boarders with some evidence.
10-member disciplinary advisory committee, comprising one professor from
each faculty, will complete the probe within two weeks.
Hundreds of boarders attacked vice-chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmed's house on
the campus on the night between Oct 1 and 2 to press the university
administration for the acceptance of their demands.
want relief for students belonging to flood-hit areas, payment of
internship and admission to students having less than 3 CGPA to
They were also protesting delay in
declaration of results and admissions to postgraduate courses,
non-cooperation of sanitary, electricity and civil work staff and the
"improper attitude of some teachers, hostel staffers, security guards
On the complaint of security officer Nasir, the
Civil Lines police had registered a case against some 25 unidentified
students. Instead of arresting the accused student, the police deemed it
fit to seal the FIR.Students also injured four constables when the
police were called in, forcing the uniformed men to stay away from the
Raising slogans against the university
administration and the VC, using filthy language, damaging the
university property, setting ablaze a security vehicle, pelting the VC's
house with stones inflicting injuries to principal officer Dr Farooq
Ahmed and misbehaving with the university faculty were the six charges
leveled against the accused students in the charge-sheet.
Guilty students will be punished under Section 4 of the Student Discipline and Conduct Regulations 1978.
Sources said the inquiry committee had conducted its probe on Thursday
and Friday and quizzed the accused students one by one. But, they said,
the committee could expand its scope of investigation to other students
To avert such incidents in future, the deans committee
of the academia had decided in its meeting that various committees
would be constituted to run the hostel affairs.
officer claimed that the vice-chancellor had issued directions to
incumbents of the treasury office and endowment funds for the issuance
of internship stipend to students.
Receiving of fee from
students hailing from flood-hit areas have also been deferred and they
were asked to continue their studies without any fear. A counseling
center was also being set up for the solution of students' problems, he
He said the financial assistance of donor agencies were
being requested for the construction of hostels that would lessen the
burden of boarders from 18 university hostels.
He said five new
hostels were under-construction on Jhang Road and one of them had been
handed over to the university administration.
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BoGs in 26 colleges: LHC suspends govt notification
Multan: Lahore High Court's Multan bench on Friday suspended a
notification of the Punjab government regarding formation of boards of
governors in 26 colleges of the province.
The court also suspended transfer orders of six protesting teachers issued by the Punjab higher education secretary on Oct 8.
Justice Mian Shahid Iqbal suspended the notification issued by Governor
Salmaan Taseer on Aug 31 regarding formation of boards of governors in
26 colleges of Punjab.
The writ petition was filed by Punjab
Professors and Lecturers Association general secretary Tanveer Ahmad
Shah, Sajid Hussain, Salahuddin, Niyaz Qureshi, Rana Dilshad and
Shamshad Tirmizi against the formation of boards of governors and their
The petitioners' counsel Sheikh Jamshed Hayat said
the boards of governors were formed under Section 8(d) of the
Institutions and Training Centres Ordinance 1960, which was replaced by
the Services Act of 1970. He told the court that the protesting teachers
had been transferred to colleges of Attock and Jhang that were not
being run by the boards of governors. Dawn
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Lahore: A speacial meeting of
the Editorial Board of the Punjab University's magazine Mehwar was held
on Friday to finalise arrangements for publication of 50-year Golden
Jubilee number of the magazine which would be brought out in December.
Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran chaired a
meeting while members of the Editorial Board, including Atta-ul
Haq-Qasmi, Amjad Islam Amjad, Dr Ajmal Niazi, Safdar Saleem Sial, Saleem
Mansoor Khalid and Seemab Fur Bukhari, attended the meeting. The
meeting discussed various proposals with regard to publication of
special golden jubilee number of the magazine and was informed that
members of the Editorial Board had already given final touches to
selection of articles, poetry, humorous writings which appeared in the
Mehwar since its inception in 1959.
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Lahore: University of
Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad
Nawaz has urged the newly-admitted students to devote themselves to
acquire research oriented knowledge to earn high place of honour.
Addressing postgraduate students at a concluding ceremony on Student
Orientation Programme on Friday, he added UVAS was the only university
in Pakistan which was conducting online examination to maintain the
process of transparency, said a press release.
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School of Tomorrow moot on Nov 5
Lahore: The Beaconhouse Group is hosting a two-day international
conference "School of Tomorrow: Freedom to Learn" starting from November
5 to discuss the future of schools in Pakistan.
This was stated by
Chairperson of Beaconhouse and leading educationist Nasreen Mahmud
Kasuri while addressing a press conference at a local hotel on Thursday.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Beaconhouse School System (BSS) Kasim
Kasuri, Director Studies Roohi Haq and Manager Career Guidance Afsa
Babar were also present.
Terming deteriorating standard of education
and lack of opportunities biggest challenges faced by country, Kasuri
said the conference would be a great help for the government as well as
private sector, as a number of local and foreign researchers would talk
about future of education.
She further said conference was being
held on completion of 35 years of Beaconhouse, adding it would bring
together scholars, educationists, classroom practitioners, policymakers
and experienced professionals to discuss educational challenges of the
future. Besides Pakistan, delegates from UK, USA, New Zealand and India
will attend the conference, she added.
Mrs Kasuri also highlighted a
role of media, saying it should initiate debate over this crucial
issue, adding unfortunately media was ignoring this issue.
Kasuri also talked about the upcoming conference and termed it an
opportunity to find out solutions to challenges being faced by public
and private schools in country.
Speaking on the occasion, Roohi Haq
explained themes of conference which included Power of Diversity: New
Ways of Teaching and Learning, Teacher Education for Sustainable
Development, Reframing Early Childhood Education and Changing Education:
Leadership, Innovation and Development. Afsa Babar briefed the
mediapersons about participating speakers of the conference. The news
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