Failed states don’t hold literature festivals: Anatol Lieven
Anatol Lieven, author of “Pakistan: A Hard Country”, shares his thoughts on the recently held Karachi Literature Festival wherein he makes a point to state that Pakistan is not a failed state as many would argue because, according to Lieven - an experienced journalist and critical thinker, failed states do not hold literature festivals. An excerpt from Dawn’s video is given below:
I’m delighted to be here. What this festival demonstrates among other things […] is a wonderful range of authors in different fields. What it demonstrates, on one hand, is the tremendous richness of Pakistani culture and Pakistani literature. The enormous contribution that Pakistani makes to world literature, including, of course, English literature and scholarship. It also says something about the city. There is this line that infuriates me […] which I’ve partly written my book to argue against that “Pakistan is a failed state”, that “Pakistan is collapsing.” Well, as a journalist, I have worked in failed states, in real failed states. You did not have literature festivals in Kabul in the 1990’s or in Mogadishu today. So this festival is very positive, very enjoyable.
You can listen to more of Lieven’s thoughts by clicking on the video.
BBC Radio 4 and World Service had so many really moving and touching reports about how Pakistani people love writing, making poems, how that’s inseparable core thing for them.
Problem is BBC really didn’t invest in keep logging those programs (I bet they must have digital copies somewhere) - so no data are available. (It’s BBC’s really wasteful approach. They make contents but they just don’t have approach about how to store them in re-usable way - for public.)
I used to tried to catch program titles and guest speakers names - of course I don’t know how to spell down - and throw into google and tried and tried - (Sha? Shah da -? Ra or Laa? … ) to at least keep some key information about those Pakistani writers and poets. (BBC never listed those Pakistani writer/poets names on their website.)
About faith. About how people used to stroll in town and nature. About seasons. About old Pakistan.
I only remember how moving those little (10-15 minutes) programs were.
Reblogged from mehreenkasana.
February 18, 2012, 11:26pm 17 notes