Is There Space For Poetry Today?
March 19, 2019
Mankind deserves more and we were aspiring for that through our Constitution, says film-maker and author, Saeed Akhtar Mirza. Your next neighbour speaks Malayalam, somebody here is speaking Telugu, over there is Punjabi, a little further is Urdu, somewhere you hear Hindustani and somewhere else Bhojpuri. Now that is my country! To me it’s poetry! And look what has happened to that. It’s a kind of reverse and a kind of going back into a tunnelled vision. Which is so narrow and stifling.
But there is space for poetry, I believe. There are people who are questioning the state of affairs and I believe that they will question long enough and hard enough. And we will see the results in the next elections. I believe that. Don’t ask me why. I don’t have data, but I believe. And I believe because I trust the human being. I trust the citizens of my country and they will deliver a democracy that we deserve.
First published in Karwan-e-Mohabbat.
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