By Edward W. Said, Eqbal Ahmad
'Eqbal Ahmad was once a shining instance of what a real internationalist should still be.' Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations
'Ahmad was once that infrequent factor, an highbrow unintimidated via energy or
authority ... might be the shrewdest and most unusual anti-imperialist of
Asia and Africa.' Edward W. Said
'Hearing Eqbal Ahmad's voice back, in those eloquent pages, renews one's experience of loss. yet maybe the voice can nonetheless unblock a brain or , during this boring period of the parochial Left.' Christopher Hitchens
Eqbal Ahmad was once an influential political theorist, cultural critic, author and educational. Born in India, he grew up within the final years of the British Raj, relocating to Pakistan throughout the civil conflict that partition, and at last settling within the usa as a political refugee, having been declared character non grata by means of successive army governments in Pakistan.
This e-book brings jointly Ahmad’s such a lot influential writings on imperialism, terrorism and the center East. the amount additionally incorporates a sequence of themed interviews, performed by way of David Barsamian particularly formulated to accompany, supplement and improve Ahmad’s key topics and issues. within the interviews, Ahmad recounts his paintings with the nationwide Liberation entrance and Frantz Fanon in Algeria, assembly Malcolm X, his position within the anti-Vietnam conflict protests and his activism on behalf of Palestine.
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11 He talks about how the Algerian woman achieves the willingness to give up the veil voluntarily when she enters into a struggle and how the veil becomes a symbol of resistance as long as resistance isn't organized. Clinging to that tradition was the only way they could say no to France and its cultural hegemony. 44 He does the same thing with the use of radio before and after the Algerian struggle. He shows that the Algerians were rejecting the radio as the instrument of the oppressor, and then they used the radio as an instrument of liberation once they had entered into a struggle.
Remove the lines of control, remove border patrols, make trade free among these three, make India, Pakistan, and the independent Kashmiri government jointly responsible for the defense of this mountain area. 38 Kashmir at the moment is a bone of contention between Pakistan and India on the one hand, Kashmiri nationalism in India on the other hand, between Dogras and Kashmiris on yet another hand, and anxieties and fears among Buddhists and Kashmiris on still yet another hand. My proposal would create, instead of a bone of contention, a bridge of peace.
In Pakistan this language has suffered from official patronage. And at the base this language is now going through a certain transformation in both India and Pakistan. For example, Urdu is more widely spoken in Pal6stan, but it is different from Radio Pakistan's Urdu. Its genius is its syncretic structure. It has now taken on Punjabi, Sindhi, Baluchi, and a huge number of English words and absorbed them within itself. Thus it is now functioning as the language of the Pakistani market. While it is dying as a literary language in schools and universities, it is expanding as a spoken language among common people.
Confronting Empire: Interviews with David Barsamian by Edward W. Said, Eqbal Ahmad