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Review of Punjabi bok:Native language resistance to authoritarianism

Arfan Aslam of Dawn

February 20th, 2017

 

 

Nain Sukh, a nom de plume for Khalid Mahmood, is one such writer who, despite knowing the English language, has been writing in Punjabi for quite some time. A lawyer by profession, he has had three books of short stories and one each of poetry and novel to his credit.

Shaheed?is his latest short story collection. It contains four short stories and a novelette. If writing in one`s native language is resistance, then Nain Sukh takes it a step further by taking on the powers that be in his autobiographical short story, Shaheed? Here he describes the personal trauma while chronicling the unchecked corruption in the military.

Narrating the story from one`s real life can be cathartic as well as painful for describing a tragic part of life is equivalent to reliving it. Personal is political for the writer in this story as he details the life of his brother Lt Col Shakeel Ahmed from the childhood till his `killing` by his peers. Using the technique of monologue, the writer exposes the army generals` treatment of the honest junior officers who to them are `files to wanton boys and they kill them for their sport` The story shows the growth of a competent officer to the higher ranks who becomes embroiled in the corruption ridden set-up in one of the most volatile parts of the country, Balochistan, where those in power fish in troubled waters

Read complete review at below link

http://punjabpunch.blogspot.com/2017/02/review-shaheed-dawn-native-language.html

 

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