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Jon Olav Fosse Noble Prize Winner Literature

یون فوسہ: ایک تعارف

نوبیل پرائز کا حق دار قرار پانے پر اپنے جرمن پبلشر کے ذریعے بھجوائے گئے پیغام میں یان فوسے کا کہنا تھا کہ وہ بیک وقت اس پر خوش بھی ہیں اور حیرت زدہ بھی۔ ان کا کہنا تھا،میں گزشتہ دس برس سے اس (نوبیل انعام) کی پسندیدہ فہرست میں شامل رہا ہوں لیکن مجھے کبھی یقین نہیں تھا کہ میں اس کا حق دار قرار پاؤں گا۔

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.


उर्दू शब्दों पर नुक़ता क्यों ज़रूरी है

जिन दिनों हिन्दी-उर्दू विवाद ज़ोरों पर था और अदालतों की भाषा उर्दू हो गई, अख़बारात भी उर्दू में ही शाए’ होते तो एक बड़ी ता’दाद में लोग जिन्हें उर्दू की रस्म-उल-ख़त सीखने में दिक़्क़त हो रही थी, उनके लिए राजा शिवप्रसाद सितारे ‘हिन्द’ ने कोशिश की कि ज़बान उर्दू ही रहे और वो नागरी लिपि में लिखी जाए। उन्होंने कहा फ़ारसी की सभी ध्वनियाँ देवनागरी में व्यक्त होनी चाहिए। जब उन्हें पता चला कि फ़ारसी की पाँच ध्वनियाँ (क़, ख़, ग़, ज़, फ़) नागरी में नहीं हैं तो उन्होंने अक्षर के नीचे नुक़्ता लगाने का सुझाव दिया।

Akbar Allahabadi

Akbar Allahabadi in a New Avatar!

In Akbar Allahabadi, Urdu language found a humorist, a satirist, a commentator, and a reformer. Unlike many, his satire is not corrosive, or black in nature. He lived during the British Raj and his poetry provides glimpses into the socio-political conditions of that age.

Amrita Pritam

Amrita Pritam

If one was to define Amrita Pritam’s journey in this world, one would simply say: “Love with Sahir, Marriage with Singh, Life with Imroz”.

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