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Waaqif – to become familiar or acquainted with something.
Nawaaqif is the opposite, meaning not familiar with something.

This lafz has been used effectively in this soliloquy by Saadat Hasan Manto, one of Urdu literature’s finest writers. Here, Manto laments about the state of society, which

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chooses to attack the stories that reflect the horrors of society, but lives in denial about the reality of the same society it lives in. Very eloquent and articulate and relevant even more so, today.

Manto’s views on society’s reactions to his stories:
Zamane ke jis daur se hum iss waqt guzar rahe hai, agar aap us se nawaaqif hai toh mere afsaane padhiye. Agar aap in afsaano ko bardasht nahi kar sakte toh iska matlab ye hai ki ye zamana naqaabil-e bardaasht hai. Mujhme jo buraiya hai, who is ahad ki buraiya hai. Meri tehreer mein koi nuqs nahi hai – main hungama-pasand nahi. Main logon ke khayalaton-jazbaaton mein haijaan paida karna nahi chahta. Main tehjeebo-tamaddun ki aur society ki choli kya utaaroonga, jo hai hi nangi. Main us se kapde pehna ne ki bhi koshish nahi karta, isliye ki yeh mera kaam nahi…log mujhe siyaah-qalam kehte hai, lekin main takhta-e-siyaah par kaali chalk se nahi likhta, safed chalk istemaal karta hoon ke takhta-e-siyaah ki siyaahi aur zyaada numaaya ho jaaye. Yeh mera khaas andaaz, mera khaas tarz hai, jise fahush-nigaari, taraqi-pasand aur khuda malum kya-kya kuch kaha jaata hai – laanat ho Saadat Hasan Manto par, kambakht ko goli bhi saleeke se nahi di jaati…

The era that we are going through right now……if you’re ignorant about it, do read my stories. If you’re unable to tolerate them, that means the society is not tolerable. There are no shortcomings in my writings, whatever shortcoming is dedicated to me is in fact the shortcomings of our system. I don’t like to rabble rouse. I don’t even like to create turmoil in people’s imagination or emotions. How can I disrobe culture or our society when it’s already naked? But then, I don’t even try to clothe it. People call me writer who uses black ink. But I don’t write on a blackboard with a black chalk. I use white chalk so that the blackboard is delightfully apparent. This unique style of mine is often labeled as erotica-lover, progressive writer and god-knows-what-else. Shame on Saadat Hasan Manto! The unfortunate one doesn’t even get rebuked properly.

English translation taken from: http://shaktianspace.blogspot.in/2014/12/manto-or-not-toe.html

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