The question is did we really get the freedom or we are still not free and just divided subcontinent into two parts. M Hameed Shahid
The fourth day of international urdu conference started with the session “A look at Urdu fiction”. This session chaired by Asad Muhammad Khan, Hasan Manzar, Masood Ashar, Qazi Afzal Hussain, Zahida Hina and Neelum Ahmed Basher where Anees Ashfaq, Mirza Hamid Baig, Muhammad Hameed Shahid, Asif Farukhi and Akhlaq Ahmed attended the session. The session was hosted by Iqbal Khursheed.
Asad Muhammad Khan welcomed to all the guests who come from the other countries of the world to attend 10th international Urdu conference. He said that Fiction is the name of understanding of the society. It is related to our past specifically short stories and novels are the reflected on post partition era. Where many writers turned their pen and write on the partition. Hasan Manzar said that it was the era of a generation who migrated from their land and missed the streets and houses where they played and bring up.
Hasan Manzar said the urdu novel is diverting into the new consequences of life. In the past people were writing what there society was and today we are writing what the new society is. We cannot change the perceptions of the society however still we are connected with our history. Masood Ashar said philosophy and the novels are interlinked, novels cannot be completed without philosophy however it is depend on how much writer is involve in the philosophy. Our era is post truth era and we opted all the philosophies from west we are not creating philosophy and literature yet and it is a big gap, from technology to literature we are borrowing from west. Qazi Afzal Hussain said that many new novels and stories are more impressive and it is the example of we are progressing he further said that novel should not be documentary as we are seeing some writers are just making it a documentary or historical book there should be a touch on novelistic touch in the novel. Zahida Hina said that I saw and gap here between progressive fiction and modern fiction, it should be discussed here. Neelam Ahmed Bashir said our children are more interested in English literature. We push them in the world of English for our so called progress in the society. We apart them from Urdu and our social norms today they can discuss what is west but they don’t know the urdu or even our social and cultural aspects.
Anees Ashfaq Said that Novel, history and philosophy is interrelated. Novel cannot be completed without history and it should also have a touch of philosophy. Mirza Hamid Baig Read his article on the Urdu short stories he said that there are different dimensions and consequences of Urdu Afsana. Every era has its own reflection but the most effected era was the era of partition which impact largely our short stories. This era born Manto, Hasan Askari, Shahab, Mumtaz Mufti, Intazar Hussain and many other renowned writers. Muhammad Hameed Shahid said that the question is did we really get the freedom or we are still not free and just divided subcontinent into two parts. Our women and men both are living in the clasicial era.
Asif Furkhi said that our novel is progressing but we have a lack of criticism. Urdu novels is changing its dimensions for last one decade but the gape of criticism is not providing it space to improve. Where Akhlaq Ahmed said without knowing the personal life of commoners we cannot know how countries like china and india progressed in the recent decades.