faiz-ahmad-faiz, resistance poetry

BOL KI LAB AAZAAD HAIN TERE

POETRY IN RESISTANCE, POETS IN PROTEST

Faisal Fehmi

Whenever there was a need to stand for truth and to raise a voice against oppression, there was a poet to do so. Poetry has inspired many historic revolutions that have restored order in society. This did not, however, come easily to the poets. They had to suffer immeasurably for raising their voice but firm as they were in their commitment, they did not yield to buy their peace.
Here is an assortment of verses that stand as best examples of resistance poetry. Read and feel the revolutionary inside you.

Asrar-ul-Haq Majaz was an important poet of the Progressive Writers’ Movement. This is how he encouraged women to be a part of revolution in his own style:

faiz-ahmad-faiz, resistance poetry

With freedom of speech as its central idea, this nazm of Faiz Ahmad Faiz is an anthem for one and all:

faiz-ahmad-faiz, resistance poetry

One of the strongest voices of Progressive Writers’ Movement, Sahir Ludhianvi has written a lot about the evils of society and raised his voice against oppression:

faiz-ahmad-faiz, resistance poetry

Habib Jalib was jailed for writing his nazm, Dastoor, which unveils the tyrannical rule of General Zia-ul-Haq:

faiz-ahmad-faiz, resistance poetry

Zafar Iqbal is one of the biggest names in the post-modern era of poetry. Here is how he calls for raising a voice:

faiz-ahmad-faiz, resistance poetry