Thursday, 9 September 2010
Happy Eid, Eid Mubakar, Bayram Mübarek, Eid Sa'id, Yen`ad el-Eid ... Innumerable are the ways and languages in which Muslims wish one another a happy Eid. Almost as innumerable as the ways in which their communities mark the Eid of the month-long fasting month of Ramadan.
But is Eid, or even Ramadan for that matter, a happy occasion for everyone? For the religious, perhaps. For the spiritual, definitely. For the rich, probably... But for the poor? Not necessarily... One account of a not-so-happy Eid is that depicted by Bengal's rebel poet and outstanding beacon of global belonging, Kazi Nazrul Islam.
This year, Ramadan in Pakistan was far from a happy occasion for the millions displaced by floods
Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899 – 1976) is known as Bidrohi Kobi - The Rebel Poet of Bengal, The National Poet of Bangladesh, and more truly a World Poet. Nazrul said, "Even though I was born in this country (Bengal), in this society, I don't belong to just this country, this society. I belong to the world." [Nazrul Rochonaboli, Bangla Academy, Vol. 4, p. 91].
Nazrul known as the ‘Rebel’ poet in Bengali literature and the ‘Bulbul’ or Nightingale of Bengali music, was one of the most colorful personalities of undivided Bengal. He may be considered a pioneer of post-Tagore modernity in Bengali poetry. The new kind of poetry that he wrote made possible the emergence of modernity in Bengali poetry during the 1920s and 1930s. His poems, songs, novels, short stories, plays and political activities expressed strong protest against various forms of oppression - slavery, communalism, feudalism and colonialism - and forced the British government not only to ban many of his books but also to put him in prison. While in prison, Kazi Nazrul lslam once fasted for 40 days to protest against the tyranny of the then British government. [biography: Nazrul Islam]
Here's Kazi Nazrul Islam's poetic depiction of a Peasant's Eid.