‘Dast-e-Saba’ in ‘Argentina’ –

Sooner or later whereas speaking to Mrs. Faiz on this regard, I mentioned that Faiz shouldn’t be right here to current his e-book to his associates and family members. Why do not we invite some journalists, Faiz’s associates and family members to a press convention on the event of the publication of the e-book and current the books to them on behalf of Faiz.

Keep in mind that that is about sixty (60) years in the past in the present day. At the moment it was not customary to carry a ceremony for the publication of a e-book, nor was the thought of ​​such an occasion in thoughts.

So once I talked about to Mrs. Faiz about holding such an occasion, I may solely name it a press convention, as a result of at the moment the system for the English launch occasion was not but in vogue. Even the time period e-book launching ceremony was not generally utilized in English.

Subsequently, Mrs. Faiz additionally wrote to Faiz about holding a press convention concerning my proposed ceremony, in response to which Faiz wrote his letter dated October 25, 1952:

How far has the publication of the e-book reached? Holding a press convention for this assortment of disturbing ideas could look like an exaggeration to me, however it might have some profit. I do not know precisely what to say on such events. It might be mentioned that each one literature, whether or not associated to a political ideology, a college of thought or an individual, is in any case part of the nationwide asset. Subsequently, regardless of the circumstances, the creation of literature is in any case a fee for a nationwide service, which ought to have some recognition and a few worth.

It might now be mentioned that, like each servant of the nation, each author will need to have at the least the liberty to serve. In that sense, if the individual’s private freedom is violated, the transfer impacts not solely his or her caste however many individuals as nicely.

Faiz was in jail and my Individuals’s Publishing Home was beneath assault. Lots of my colleagues had been additionally in jail. In these circumstances, holding any occasion by us was nothing lower than bringing a playing lion. The CID was at all times with them and even the restaurant operators had been harassed. In view of such a scenario, he couldn’t even consider inviting any influential individual or minister and many others. to preside over the perform.

So I requested my longtime neighbor and mentor, Mr. Abdul Rehman Chughtai, for the presidency, which he accepted with out hesitation. Earlier, on the request of Faiz and me, he had additionally designed the duvet of ‘Dast-e-Saba’.

So on the afternoon of December 22, 1952, on the Mall Street (Quaid-e-Azam Freeway) restaurant referred to as ‘Argentina’, I held this press convention or inauguration ceremony and I can say with out exaggeration that any e-book within the historical past of Pakistan It was the primary opening ceremony to be held in the identical type and method as such occasions are generally held in the present day.

Once I learn within the newspapers the historical past of e-book launching occasions, my thoughts goes to the occasion organized by me on the event of the publication of ‘Dast-e-Saba’ and this poem of Faiz which was revealed at the moment. Dast-e-Saba used to look in ads, I bear in mind.

The cage we invented within the cage
Faiz Gulshan has the identical type of expression

(Excerpt from Abdul Rauf Malik’s e-book Crimson Politics)

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