I came across his work while reading and researching other contemporary Urdu Pakistani poets. But unlike Insha Jalib does not dabble in satire and subtleties. He is more like Paash who grabs hold of the truth about the oppressor by its neck. He is straight-forward and utterly unafraid. I attempted a translation of his most popular poem which is also pretty representative of his work and approach. Deep jis ka mehllaat hi mein jaley, Chand logon ki khushiyon ko le kar chaley, Wo jo saaye mein har maslehat ke paley, Aisey dastoor ko, Sub-he-be-noor ko, Main nahein maanta, Main nahein jaanta.

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Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz said that he was the poet of the masses. He migrated to Pakistan after the partition of India due to family pressure though he wanted to live in India and defied two nation theory. He was a progressive writer and soon started to grab the audience with his enthusiastic recitation of poetry. He wrote in plain language, adopted a simple style and addressed common people and issues.

But the conviction behind his words, the music of his voice and his emotional energy coupled with the sensitivity of the socio-political context is what stirred the audience. Criticizing those who supported Ayub Khan 's regime, he wrote:. Jalib could never reconcile with the dictatorship of Ayub Khan.

So when Ayub enforced his tailor-made constitution in the country in , which a former prime minister Chaudhry Muhammad Ali likened to the Clock Tower of Lyallpur , Jalib wrote the following poem:. In another incident which has become a part of the resistance folklore of the country, the Governor of West Pakistan , the Nawab of Kalabagh , invited filmstar Neelo to dance in front of Shah Reza Pahlavi of Iran.

She refused and as a consequence the police was sent to force and bring her, which led to her attempting to commit suicide. This incident inspired a poem by Jalib, which was later included by Neelo's husband Riaz Shahid in the film Zarqa The poem was titled Raqs-e-Zanjeer The dance of the chains : [7].

In Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto came to power in Pakistan after the war with India and a new independent country called Bangladesh emerged from former East Pakistan. After Bhutto's death, Habib Jalib wrote the following poem: [10]. During General Zia-ul-Haq 's dictatorship, Jalib wrote a poem on Zia, [11] in which he asked how he could write darkness as Zia Zia literally means light in Urdu.

Disappointed at the state of the nation, when asked if he felt any change after democracy, he said:. Laal band remastered and remixed the revolutionary poem "Dastoor" in Habib Jalib's voice and included it in their album Umeed-e-Sahar. On 23 March , President of Pakistan awarded the highest civil award posthumously to the legendary poet, which was received by his daughter, Tahira Habib Jalib. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the Urdu poet.

For the Baloch nationalist politician, see Habib Jalib Baloch. Dawn newspaper. Retrieved 27 February The Friday Times newspaper. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Portrait of Habib Jalib. Urdu poet , Political activist. Progressive Writers' Movement. Tahira Habib Jalib [2]. The light which shines only in palaces Burns up the joy of the people in the shadows Derives its strength from others' weakness That kind of system, like dawn without light I refuse to acknowledge, I refuse to accept I am not afraid of execution, Tell the world that I am the martyr How can you frighten me with prison walls?

This overhanging doom, this night of ignorance, I refuse to acknowledge, I refuse to accept "Flowers are budding on branches", that's what you say, "Every cup overflows", that's what you say, "Wounds are healing themselves", that's what you say, These bare-faces lies, this insult to the intelligence, I refuse to acknowledge, I refuse to accept For centuries you have all stolen our peace of mind But your power over us is coming to an end Why do you pretend you can cure pain?

Even if some claim that you've healed them, I refuse to acknowledge, I refuse to accept.


Remembering poet Habib Jalib and his fight for a free Pakistan

Poetry has been a powerful medium of expression, be it for conveying love or disappointment, for spreading general cheer, or for voicing dissent. In , a year after General Ayub Khan the second president of Pakistan had imposed martial law on Pakistan and the state machinery was bowing to his rules, radio waves were under his control and rosy pictures of the country were being painted, a young man participating in a mushaira that was aired live from Rawalpindi studio of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation voiced his dissent against military dictatorship in his country. The mushaira had to be taken off air. That man was Habib Jalib , who had migrated from India to Pakistan with his family during Partition. He used his pen to support Fatima Jinnah, who stood for presidential elections against General Yahya Khan in , and her rallies drew large crowds. Habib Jalib famously said that he would recite it before the guard, who would then recite it before the town square, before the people of Lahore. At a mushaira in Muree, Habib Jalib looked at the general's photograph, which was prominently displayed, and recited one of his iconic verses:.


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It is ironic but it is mostly Pakistani poets — Faiz Ahmed Faiz , Jalib, and Allama Iqbal — whose language of resistance and dissent are inspiring the youth protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act across the country. The poet sang it openly, at various public gatherings and stages. The poem attained the status of an anthem, and very often people would join Jalib when he recited it. Significantly, while Dastoor has often featured at mushairas in India, it is perhaps for the first time that it has become such a big part of the popular protests here. Such poetries of resistance become popular in times of the rise of fascism, as it happened in Pakistan, Germany, Latin America, and, now in India.

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