LAHORE:18 August: A special discussion on comrade Irfan Ali’s book Chup De Kurlaat (Cries of Silence) was held on Friday.
Speakers at the discussion threw light on the theme of the book and struggling life of poet Irfan Ali, who has been a labourer, daliy wager and hawker.
Chup De Kurlaat is a collection of Punjabi poems, which reflects the poet’s revolutionary ideas, who emerges as the voice of the labour class in society.
Irfan Ali, who is also a member of the Communist Mazdoor Kisan Party, called for a social change and a new system, which ensures equality in the class-ridden society.
“Reforms are not a permanent solution to our problems. We need a social revolution, which will be possible when our approach is inclined towards it,” he said.
He pointed out that today’s labourers and poor farmers were suffering at the hands of industrialists and landlords, because they were unaware of their rights.
“My verses reflect my daily experiences of pains and sufferings as a labourer, daliy wager and hawker. Through this book, I have tried to convey a message to the labour class to speak out for your rights now,” he said.
Writer Mushtaq Ahmad, labour leader Tariq Lateef, Yousuf Punjabi and Saeeda Deep participated in the discussion. A group of folk singers also sang poems from the book.Daily Times.