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Launching of Books by Dr. Humaira Ishfaq

Aug 13

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

SDPI, Islamabad

About the Books:

Book 1. Taraqqi Pasand

The book discusses the battle of ideas between
progressive and reactionary groups of Urdu literature in India and Pakistan.
The book gives a comprehensive introduction of progressive movement which
started from Munshi Prem Chand, rapidly developed before partition and
progressed throughout 20th century as well as in early 21st
century. The volume consists of articles written by eminent progressive critics
such as Akhter Hussain Raipuri, Ahmad Ali, Dr. Rasheed Jahan, Faiz Ahmad Faiz,
Ali Sardar Jaffery and many more. The book is being launched on 75th anniversary
of Progressive Writers Association (PWA) in 2011.  Dr. Anwar Ahmad will
discuss the book in his address.

2. Nasar-e-Rasheed Jahan

The book is a compilation of short stories,
dramas and essays of Dr. Rasheed Jahan by Dr. Humaira Ishfaq. Dr. Rasheed
Jahan, a founder member of PWA, made her debut in Urdu fiction with a
controversial contribution in early 1930s. One of her short story was also
included in ANGARAY that was banned by colonial masters of British Imperialism
on complaints of Muslim clergy in India. A medical doctor by profession,
Rasheed Jahan continued her struggle as one of the pioneers in progressive
literature with Faiz and Sajjad Zaheer and contributed in establishing of PWA
in 1936. Dr. Najeeba Arif, a famous Urdu critic, writer and Assistant Professor
at International Islamic University, Islamabad will share her thoughts on the

3. Mukhtar Saddiqui:
Representative of Neo-Classical Tradition

The book gives a fair Idea on the work of
poet, play writer and critic Mukhtar Saddiqui. Mr. Ahmad Salim will discuss the
different sub themes of the book.


Chair: Dr Anwar Ahmad, Chairman, National Language Authority (NLA), Islamabad


  • Dr Humaira Ishfaq, Writer and Post Graduate Teacher
    of Urdu Literature


  • Dr Najeeba  Arif,
    Writer and Critics
  • Mr Ahmad Salim, Senior
    Advisor, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)

Welcome Note and Introduction:

  • Dr Abid Q. Suleri, Executive Director,
    Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)