Jamil Malik, a prominent Pakistani educator who passed away in 2001, is also a poet of national and international repute. We share Malik’s poem ‘New Generations Question’ (Nae Nasle Pûçtî He).
Let’s believe, all right
The big bang was in full force
And a universe full of beautiful colours and scents
Was enlivened by sweet tunes
The heavens came forward
They started to shine too
So did, God knows, many moons, suns, stars
But this does not mean now
We should get started with
One explosion after another
Saying, “So what,
Let all corners of the earth
Turn into hell!”
Yet, our real duty was
To illuminate the whole world
With the beauty of people
Making the unique fragrance of love immortal
And place this scent into the body of the universes
And into their souls like an attar.
Yet we, with our own hands,
Apparently intend to commit suicide.
Listen! What the new generations say:
‘Far from it, is this the respect for human beings?
The secrets of the space and the spaceless
Cannot be revealed this way
Nor can the worlds be conquered so
What’s required for human dignity
Is boundless beauty and love
We are also required to take pains
Fellowship is what we need
Loyalty is what we need.’
(*): Born in 1928, Jamil Malik taught at a high school in Rawalpindi for many years, after graduating from the Gordon College, Rawalpindi, having completed his undergraduate studies in Urdu and his master’s degree in Persian. Jamil Malik, who received numerous accolades for his services to education to which he devoted 50 years of his life, is also known for his poems at home and abroad. His Urdu and Punjabi poems have been collected in 20 books, some of which were published after his death in 2001 and won many awards.