Adab Bara-E-Zindagi: Art For Life’s Sake – The Progressive Writer’s Movement

The crowd was bursting at the seams for this session, testimony to the popularity and reach of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.

The session began with Sudhir Chaudhary, Editor at Zee News, speaking about ZEE ZINDAGI, the cross-cultural television channel that is bridging the gap between India and Pakistan with programmes that promote the Hindustani language, a confluence of Hindi and Urdu.

Aakar Patel discussed the progressive movement, a literary movement and socio-cultural phenomenon that fights for equality and spawned a generation of brilliant Urdu writers. He noted that four decades before Salman Rushdie stirred up debate around freedom of speech, a writer named Manto was already fighting for the same cause.

Rakshanda Jalil, writer and critic, said that every big literary movement since has somehow echoed the ethos of the progressive movement. The movement was international in its reach and far-ranging in the causes that it stood up for, including the abolition of colonialism, capitalism and gender inequality. She declared that anyone who adhered to these ideas could be called a progressive at heart.

Javed Akhtar, eminent Indian film scriptwriter, lyricist and poet, said “words will fall short to describe the contribution of the progressive


  • – Literature, Journalism, Writers, Cross-Culture, Indo-Pak. Languages

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