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Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and Mirza Ghalib

सर सय्यद और ग़ालिब के बीच की नाराज़गी, जो किताब से शुरू हुई और बोतल पर ख़त्म हुई

सर सय्यद और ग़ालिब के रिश्ते उस किताब से ख़राब हुए थे जिसे सर सय्यद ने सम्पादित किया था और ग़ालिब ने उस किताब के लिए सर सय्यद की ख़ूब आलोचना की थी। लेकिन इसके बाद एक समय वो आया जब दोनों के बीच की दूरियाँ शराब की एक बोतल पर समाप्त हुईं।

Sajida Zaidi and Faiz Ahmad Faiz

फ़ैज़ की जलाई तीली से सिगरेट सुलगाने वाली ख़ातून

बीते दिनों सोशल मीडिया पर घूम रही एक तस्वीर ने उन तमाम लोगों को परेशानी में डाल दिया था जो फ़ैज़ के चेहरे से तो वाक़िफ़ थे लेकिन फ़ैज़ के साथ तस्वीर में मौजूद उस स्त्री को नहीं पहचान पा रहे थे जो ग़ालिबन किसी मुशायरे के स्टेज पर बैठी फ़ैज़ की जलाई तीली से सिगरेट सुलगा रही है।

Syed Ahmad Khan who excelled in many ways as an educationist, reformer, religious commentator, historian, biographer, political visionary, and institution maker, made it possible for the literati of his times to realize the importance of political changes occurring then. He could visualize their impact on society, and think of the possible ways that might be adopted to create a better socio-cultural condition. Apart from many others, three of his contributions—the creation of Aligarh Scientific Society, the launching of a journal Tehzeebul Akhlaq, and the establishment of Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College on the pattern of Oxford and Cambridge—made way for liberal thinking in the field of education. He emphasized on Western scientific knowledge, promoted translations of Western literatures into Urdu, and reflected on issues relating to culture, society, manners, and morals. Although his impact on literature was not as direct as that of the others but he created a healthy condition that made way for the poets and writers to reflect upon the ways that could help them imagine literature as social text.


Syed Ahmad Khan, who is better known and addressed as Sir Syed, was a canonical figure of India’s intellectual history. He passed away in 1898 but stays with us with his writings on a variety of subjects that have not lost their relevance even though they are deeply rooted in their times.

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