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Resistance Poetry From Pakistan -- Militarization & Talibanization
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Loving Guy
2011-08-23 06:00:11 UTC
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Hello,

"Like the journalistic atmosphere, the situation of the Pakistani
literati is also under the influence of the secret agencies. Iftikhar
Arifs (poets) and Fakhar Zamans (fiction writers) are enjoying perks
and privileges of their government jobs. Whenever needed they recycle
the poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib of the gone century...
(They don't know the 21st century needs cyber age writers)... The poor
common writers, especially poets, keep silent out of fear... no one
dares to write about the tyranny of the generals.” [The Terrorland
blogs]

Who says resistance literature has died in Pakistan? No, it is still
alive. Here are 25 poem of Habib Sulemani, who is resisting the
ongoing militarization and Talibanization in Pakistan. His resistance
poetry has equally attracted the cyber generation and world at large.
Headlines of the poems:

The Kakul Syndrome
The Hawker Revolution — Arab world sings for democracy
A slap in the face of Indian democracy
A blasphemy case in the court of God
Jesus and Hussain
A tyrant has neither life nor a burial place in the changed world!
The Margalla Sunset — Happy New Year 2011
An ode to my love
Human Rights Day: how helpless God is today!
God is a weapon—they worship death (1)
Truth is at war with lies (2)
I write for the oppressed (3)
Intellectual cleansing of liberals (4)
Don’t expect any impartial inquiry... (5)
Desi butchers on way to The Hague (6)
Liberty’s knocking at our door (7)
The cannibals
Intellectual faculties
Liberal values can’t die
Media is battleground
Generals and Politicians
What Dr. Goebbels didn’t tell Hitler
Returning home as dead bodies
Mercedes-Benz and BMW
Universal Patriotism

Please, click on the link to read the poems: http://theterrorland.blogspot.com
David George
2011-08-23 08:00:39 UTC
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Post by Loving Guy
Hello,
"Like the journalistic atmosphere, the situation of the Pakistani
literati is also under the influence of the secret agencies. Iftikhar
Arifs (poets) and Fakhar Zamans (fiction writers) are enjoying perks
and privileges of their government jobs. Whenever needed they recycle
the poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib of the gone century...
(They don't know the 21st century needs cyber age writers)... The poor
common writers, especially poets, keep silent out of fear... no one
dares to write about the tyranny of the generals.” [The Terrorland
blogs]
Who says resistance literature has died in Pakistan? No, it is still
alive. Here are 25 poem of Habib Sulemani, who is resisting the
ongoing militarization and Talibanization in Pakistan. His resistance
poetry has equally attracted the cyber generation and world at large.
    The Kakul Syndrome
    The Hawker Revolution — Arab world sings for democracy
    A slap in the face of Indian democracy
    A blasphemy case in the court of God
    Jesus and Hussain
    A tyrant has neither life nor a burial place in the changed world!
    The Margalla Sunset — Happy New Year 2011
    An ode to my love
    Human Rights Day: how helpless God is today!
    God is a weapon—they worship death (1)
    Truth is at war with lies (2)
    I write for the oppressed (3)
    Intellectual cleansing of liberals (4)
    Don’t expect any impartial inquiry... (5)
    Desi butchers on way to The Hague (6)
    Liberty’s knocking at our door (7)
    The cannibals
    Intellectual faculties
    Liberal values can’t die
    Media is battleground
    Generals and Politicians
    What Dr. Goebbels didn’t tell Hitler
    Returning home as dead bodies
    Mercedes-Benz and BMW
    Universal Patriotism
Please, click on the link to read the poems:http://theterrorland.blogspot.com
I guess you will always find the real poets in the jails or in the
cemeteries...
Loving Guy
2011-08-23 17:46:29 UTC
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Post by Loving Guy
Hello,
"Like the journalistic atmosphere, the situation of the Pakistani
literati is also under the influence of the secret agencies. Iftikhar
Arifs (poets) and Fakhar Zamans (fiction writers) are enjoying perks
and privileges of their government jobs. Whenever needed they recycle
the poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib of the gone century...
(They don't know the 21st century needs cyber age writers)... The poor
common writers, especially poets, keep silent out of fear... no one
dares to write about the tyranny of the generals.” [The Terrorland
blogs]
Who says resistance literature has died in Pakistan? No, it is still
alive. Here are 25 poem of Habib Sulemani, who is resisting the
ongoing militarization and Talibanization in Pakistan. His resistance
poetry has equally attracted the cyber generation and world at large.
    The Kakul Syndrome
    The Hawker Revolution — Arab world sings for democracy
    A slap in the face of Indian democracy
    A blasphemy case in the court of God
    Jesus and Hussain
    A tyrant has neither life nor a burial place in the changed world!
    The Margalla Sunset — Happy New Year 2011
    An ode to my love
    Human Rights Day: how helpless God is today!
    God is a weapon—they worship death (1)
    Truth is at war with lies (2)
    I write for the oppressed (3)
    Intellectual cleansing of liberals (4)
    Don’t expect any impartial inquiry... (5)
    Desi butchers on way to The Hague (6)
    Liberty’s knocking at our door (7)
    The cannibals
    Intellectual faculties
    Liberal values can’t die
    Media is battleground
    Generals and Politicians
    What Dr. Goebbels didn’t tell Hitler
    Returning home as dead bodies
    Mercedes-Benz and BMW
    Universal Patriotism
Please, click on the link to read the poems:http://theterrorland.blogspot.com
I guess you will always find the real poets in the jails or in the
cemeteries...
David, that seems a bitter truth!
Peter J Ross
2011-08-24 23:22:16 UTC
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In rec.arts.poems on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:00:39 -0700 (PDT), David
Post by David George
I guess you will always find the real poets in the jails or in the
cemeteries...
Your admission of not being a real poet is noted, doggerel merchant.
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PJR :-)
Loving Guy
2011-08-26 18:03:29 UTC
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In rec.arts.poems on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:00:39 -0700 (PDT), David
Post by David George
I guess you will always find the real poets in the jails or in the
cemeteries...
Your admission of not being a real poet is noted, doggerel merchant.
--
PJR :-)
Peter, I'm not a poet, but like other people in Pakistan, I love the
poems of Habib Sulemani, which he has written from his ongoing
solitary confinement of about 18 months. Yes. That is the price he is
paying for writing against the military establishment's policies of
militarization and Talibanization of the society. So the secret
agency, ISI, after bids on his life has isolated him in the entire
country, but his writings have moved people like me in the terrorized
Islamic Republic.

So David is right! Good poetry has often come into being in similar
situations when there is oppression and tyranny.

Habib Sulemani has emerged as a symbol of resistance in our
militarized & Talibanized Pakistan. His poem "The Hawker Revolution —
Arab world sings for democracy" [
http://theterrorland.blogspot.com/2011/02/hawker-revolution-arab-world-sings-for.html
] as it was written at the start of the 'Arab Spring'.

Another poem "The Kakul Syndrome" [ http://theterrorland.blogspot.com/2011/05/kakul-syndrome.html
] become famous after the killing of Osama bin Laden near Pakistan
Military Academy Kakul.

"A slap in the face of Indian democracy" [
http://theterrorland.blogspot.com/2011/06/slap-in-face-of-indian-democracy.html
] raised a huge debate about the corruption-riddled current India.

Please click on the following link and read the poems on the sidebar
of the blog:
http://theterrorland.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the comments.

Bye.
Peter J Ross
2011-08-26 20:12:26 UTC
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In rec.arts.poems on Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:03:29 -0700 (PDT), Loving Guy
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Post by Peter J Ross
In rec.arts.poems on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:00:39 -0700 (PDT), David
Post by David George
I guess you will always find the real poets in the jails or in the
cemeteries...
Your admission of not being a real poet is noted, doggerel merchant.
--
PJR :-)
Peter, I'm not a poet, but like other people in Pakistan, I love the
poems of Habib Sulemani, which he has written from his ongoing
solitary confinement of about 18 months. Yes. That is the price he is
paying for writing against the military establishment's policies of
militarization and Talibanization of the society. So the secret
agency, ISI, after bids on his life has isolated him in the entire
country, but his writings have moved people like me in the terrorized
Islamic Republic.
So David is right! Good poetry has often come into being in similar
situations when there is oppression and tyranny.
If you post in poetry newsgroups, expect the focus of the comments to
be the poetry, not the politics.

"Oppression and tyranny" are of no significance whatsover here in RAP.
Find another newsgroup to discuss them in.
--
PJR :-)
Loving Guy
2011-08-26 20:21:17 UTC
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In rec.arts.poems on Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:03:29 -0700 (PDT), Loving Guy
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Post by Peter J Ross
In rec.arts.poems on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:00:39 -0700 (PDT), David
Post by David George
I guess you will always find the real poets in the jails or in the
cemeteries...
Your admission of not being a real poet is noted, doggerel merchant.
--
PJR :-)
Peter, I'm not a poet, but like other people in Pakistan, I love the
poems of Habib Sulemani, which he has written from his ongoing
solitary confinement of about 18 months. Yes. That is the price he is
paying for writing against the military establishment's policies of
militarization and Talibanization of the society. So the secret
agency, ISI, after bids on his life has isolated him in the entire
country, but his writings have moved people like me in the terrorized
Islamic Republic.
So David is right! Good poetry has often come into being in similar
situations when there is oppression and tyranny.
If you post in poetry newsgroups, expect the focus of the comments to
be the poetry, not the politics.
"Oppression and tyranny" are of no significance whatsover here in RAP.
Find another newsgroup to discuss them in.
--
PJR :-)
Thanks, Sir.

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