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Faiz Ahmad Faiz

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz is amongst the most famous poets of last century. Once, during the dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan, he was arrested and taken to the police station in front of the public. In this context, he wrote ‘Aaj Bazar mein’. The tearful eye, the noisy spirit is not enough, my friends, the accusation of love is not enough, my friends, let’s go today to the bazaar in chains’ let’s go with hands waving, intoxicated, dancing, let’s go with dust on our heads, blood on our sleeves, let’s go to the city where our love lives, everyone is

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Andy McCord responding to a question at the Faiz panel. Photo: Beena Sarwar By Beena Sarwar I am no great expert on Faiz but his poetry speaks to me, touches my heart just as much as it does every other liberal, progressive, secular-minded person I know. Perhaps his poetry, with its universal messages about truth and justice, sorrows and joys that are just simply human messages, also touches some hearts that are not progressive and secular. There’s also a personal connection that was put in context last weekend at a discussion on Faiz at panel organised at the Left Forum