The progressive poets Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Ali Sardar Jafri
were his friends during college day, who impressed him and became his role models.
The recommendations of the Gujral Committee (1975), the Ale Ahmad Suroor Committee (1979) and the Ali Sardar Jafri
Committee (1990) to revive and popularise Urdu have never been implemented.
Once, while conversing with Ali Sardar Jafri
, he had said that if a short story written by him manages to pass silently, "I cannot rest unless there be some commotion." He was called Badnaam Manto (Infamous Manto) because of these commotions.
My father Kaifi Azmi, the member of Communist Party of India (CPI), shared a flat with comrades such as Ali Sardar Jafri
Eminent Urdu poet and literary figure of repute Ali Sardar Jafri
raised a valid point when I interviewed him way back in 1991.
I tempted Imrana by saying that she would be in good company because the publishing house has authors and poets of the calibre of Sajjad Zaheer, Sibte Hasan, Mushtaq Yousufi, Ali Sardar Jafri
, Kaifi Azmi, Javed Akhtar and Gulzar on its list.
The current impasse would probably have tested even the patience and yearning of Indian writer-poet Ali Sardar Jafri
had he been alive, and who, made a happy offer in more tranquil times:
Recalling his childhood, he said he and his siblings had the good fortune of playing in the presence of legendary Urdu stalwarts like Majrooh Sultanpuri, Jan Nisar Akhtar, Ali Sardar Jafri
and Jagan Nath Azad.
During her two-and-a-half-decade service at QBS Radio she interviewed literary and social personalities from India and Pakistan including Majruh Sultanpuri, Hafeez Meerthi, Ali Sardar Jafri
, Kaifi Azami, Shams-ur-Rehman Farouqi, Kalim Ahmed Ajaiz, Tabish Dehlvi as well as Bollywood giants Dileep Kumar and Kishore Kumar.
They said writers such as Allama Iqbal, Ali Sardar Jafri
, Gulzar, Abdur Rab Nishtar, Zafar Ali Khan, Amrita Pritam, Ismat Chughtai, Makhdoom Mohinuddin, Sajjad Zaheer Ahmad Ali and others supported the Two-Nation Theory and Pakistan Movement, which played a pivotal role in gaining a new state.
The speakers said that writers like Allama Iqbal, Ali Sardar Jafri
, Gulzar, Abdur Rab Nishtar, Zafar Ali Khan, Amrita Pritam, Ismat Chughtai, Makhdoom Mohin-ud-Din, Sajjad Zaheer Ahmad Ali and others supported the two nation theory and Pakistan Movement, which played a crucial role in achievement of a new nation-state, Pakistan, for Muslims.
This is where his friends lived - Balraj Sahni, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Ismat Chughtai, Ali Sardar Jafri
. Today, I took a taxi, and as I drove past Marine Drive, all those memories came flooding in.