Urduwallahs pay tribute to prolific poet Mohammed Iqbal who was born on the November 9, 1877. Times of India had an interesting write up on him which is attached below.
Iqbal’s involvement in partition and apparently his strong views for an Islamic state has made him settle on the periphery of our ( Indian) literary world. He is viewed as a fundamentalist. To add to it he is commemorated as the national poet of Pakistan. However his works don’t understand boundaries. His words create a sensation of pride which makes us feel more Indian “yunan o misro roma sab mit gaye jahan se, ab tak magar hai baki namo nisha humara” – ‘the Greek civilization, the Egyptian civilization and the roman civilization were all destroyed, but even now our legacy in the world still remains.’ This excerpt from Tarana-e-hindi, the Indian patriotic song reverberates a story of pride. It is important to realize that Iqbal died years before the partition, besides the partition is a complex subject and to assign it to one mans writings is like looking at an intricate painting on a large canvas through a key hole.