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The Poetry Of Burning

Ardent pacifist, revolutionary poet, Ali Sardar Jafri was one of the last from a progressive age

The Poetry Of Burning
The Poetry Of Burning
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The day Ali Sardar Jafri died in Bombay (August 1, at 8.30 am), an ironical death in this season of troubled detente, I made it a point to watch Pakistan Television to find out what it had to say about him. He was not only in the front-rank of Urdu poets of recent times but also the spearhead of the movement for a rapprochement with Pakistan. ptv made a passing reference to Jafri's death as a poet who wrote of the need for love and understanding between people. I was disappointed. So was I with the coverage given by the Indian media, both the print and the electronic. There was a lot more to Jafri than the hastily-written obituaries and collages put together to meet deadlines.

I had known Ali Sardar and his beautiful wife Sultana for over 30 years. During my years in Bombay we met each other almost every other week. Despite his commitment to Communism, he liked the good things of life: good Scotch, good food and comfortable living. He lived in a pokey little three-room flat off Peddar Road. Apart from his wife and three children who often stayed with him, he had two widowed...

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