Posted on August 31, 2006
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2 responses to “Qasmi, Literary Fueds and National Neglect”

  1. Adil Najam says:

    Raza, as always this was thoughtful and thought-provoking.

    I think the point you make about the neglect we lavish on our intellectuals…. until their death…. is not just lamentable but a sign of the de-intellectualizing of society. Not only do we have a rich intellectual heritage across our region but we ALSO have a rich intellectual present. And yet you ask people and they will not go beyond Iqbal, and more recently, Faiz. Or staple mentions of Dr. Salam (who was shunned from the country when alive. When someone dies  we suddenly remember how great they were. We are somehow incapable of saying good things about the living — in fact, we are even stingy in saying good things about the dead. Yet, the field is rich… we DO have living intellectuals who deserve our respectt…. my personal lesson from reading your post is that I want to write about those who are alive and not just wait for their death to express my gratitude to their intellect.

    Thank you also for mentioning K.K. Aziz… a giant amongst historians….

  2. Naveed says:

    Raza sb, what a brilliant post. Fantastic. I remember a three volume History Series by KK Aziz out of which I prepared for my Pak Studies lessons. It was indeed, as you put it, a very balance account of historical events much to the author’s credit.