Speakers stress need to redefine Shah Latif Bhitai’s poetry

His poetry carries the message of love and brotherhood that is still relevant today, says Dr Hussain

Press Release April 09, 2019
His poetry carries the message of love and brotherhood that is still relevant today, says Dr Hussain. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) organised a reception in honour of delegates of the two-day National Conference, organised by the Siraj Institute of Sindh Studies on 'Sindh, Indus River and Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai' at Mohatta Palace, on April 6 and 7.

SMIU Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that today's world has changed unbelievably and therefore, we have to walk along with it. Otherwise, he added, we can't achieve the development goals. He further said that if the young generation wants to serve their land and people, then they must acquire modern education.

There is a need to educate the younger generation in the disciplines of information technology, science, entrepreneurship, media, environmental science and other such important fields, said Dr Shaikh, adding that SMIU had upheld its great legacy by providing quality education and the best academic environment to its students.

He said that the varsity did not believe in the quota system, but offered admissions to the candidates on open merit basis. "About 50% of the students from rural areas of Sindh are studying at SMIU today and they were all selected on an open merit basis," he said, added that the youth of urban as well as rural areas have great potential, but there is a need to provide them with proper guidance and opportunities.

Dr Fahmida Hussain, of Siraj Institute of Sindh Studies and former chairperson of Karachi University Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Chair, said that there was a need to redefine the poetry of Shah Abdul Latif.

His poetry, she opined, was based on the universal message of love, brotherhood, struggle and tolerance, which has a great relevance to the present day world.

The reception was attended by a large number of distinguished writers and intellectuals including Noorul Huda Shah, Dr Fahmida Hussain, Imdad Hussaini, Sahar Imdad, Waheeda Mahessar, Taj Joyo, Anisa Memon, Nusrat Lashari, Naseer Gopang, Masroor Pirzado, Khalil Jibran and others.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 9th, 2019.