Being a natural optimist, I believe fate of this Nation will change one day-Amjad Islam Amjad


PSR organizes a NISE evening with Poet Amjad Islam Amjad

Being a natural optimist, I believe fate of this
Nation will change one day-Amjad Islam Amjad

Physicians need to improve doctor patient relationship as Verbal 
Medicine can prove to be extremely effective-Prof. Humayun Maqsood 

LAHORE: Pakistan Society for Rheumatology in collaboration with PharmEvo Pharmaceuticals organized an evening with eminent poet Amjad Islam Amjad at Alhamra Cultural Centre Lahore on October 13th2012. This literary sitting which was attended by a select gathering of eminent rheumatologists from all over the country besides some eminent medical personalities from Lahore turned out to be an extremity interactive philosophical discussion which was very close to reality. Dr. Mahfooz Alam a noted rheumatologist from Karachi acted as the moderator who not only recited a few couplets but also translated few poems of Amjad Islam Amjad besides introducing him to the audience.

PharmEvo organized an evening with eminent poet, writer Mr. Amjad Islam Amjad
during the Rheumatology conference held at Lahore recently. Picture shows
Mr. Amjad Islam Amjad reciting his Kalam on this occasion.

A poem entitled “Yeh Lutufe Maseehai” which Mr. Amjad Islam Amjad has specially said for the medical profession was also formally launched wherein the healthcare professionals as per the Hippocratic Oath promise that:


Translating this poem for the benefit of foreign delegates who could not understand Urdu, Dr. Mahfooz Alam said that theme of this poem was that if the doctor listens to the patients carefully, it relieves the agony and pain of the patient.
Mr. Amjad Islam Amjad in his introductory remarks before reciting some of his poems and Ghazals pointed out that professional doctors have contributed a lot to Urdu Literature. I myself was inspired after reading Dr. Shafiqur Rehman. He was of the view that we must understand how the human mind works and how important are the dreams. The poets try to understand reality of life and we must ensure that no one robs people of their dreams. As some philosopher has said the Time Past and Present is both present in Future. God Almighty has blessed us all with good education but we as a Nation are passing through difficult times. This hopelessness is not being witnessed for the first time; as such times have come earlier as well. Just look at Chinese and their war in 1912 was known as Opium War but now in 2012 China has emerged as a Great Nation in the world. Time passes. We face such hopelessness because of wrong decisions and not doing things at the right time.
Continuing Mr. Amjad Islam Amjad said that it is just like a patient, if he comes early, one gets good results but if the disease is severe and quite advanced, the patient will take some time to get better. His advice to the audience was “Do not give up hope”. Now in Pakistan we see institutions are being formed and developed instead of individuals who considered them indispensible. As is said, graveyards are full of such indispensible people. We should have strong institutions. The bad phase we are passing through at present will pass of. We must teach our children what they have to do themselves. Remember if you are not a part of the solution, you are part of the problem and Hazrat Ali had said the same things many many years ago when he remarked that “Those who do not help the Mazloom, are considered the companions of Zaalim”. We as a Nation are faced with too many problems but we can come out of it. Literature, he opined, must be linked to the Society.
When asked in his view how much time it will require for us to come out of this hopelessness, Mr. Amjad Islam Amjad remarked that the answer lies in learning from others. Hopelessness should not be allowed to come near us. If we can ensure justice for all in the society, things will start looking better and it is up to us how early we wish to come out of this gloomy situation. Just like a serious patient, if he or she does not get better by consulting a physician, an effort is made to find a better, more competent physician, that is exactly we need to do to look for better leadership, he remarked.
In response to yet another question regarding the future of Urdu as a language, since now in our affluent class it has become a fashion to speak English, their kids study in English medium Schools and Urdu as a language is not preferred, Mr. Amjad Islam Amjad termed it a great tragedy. He pointed out that it is said that in the current century many languages will be finished and eliminated but currently Urdu besides English, Chinese and Spanish are the four languages which are spoken by a large population all over the world. Urdu as a spoken language is spreading. As regards giving preference to English language, he said that it was a complex issue. English language was meant to be used to go out but we are trying to use it inside which is not good. Former Prime Minister of China, Mr.Chu Enlai belonged to a privileged class in China who as a child studied for many years in Europe and America and had good command over English and French languages but when he became Prime Minister he always communicated in Chinese. When someone asked him why he does not use English language since he knew it much better, his reply was that I do not want the world to get a message that Chinese is a dead language. He agreed that it is the Sikhs who have kept Punjabi language alive. The time has come that we all must come out of this mental slavery and become a part of the solution rather than being a part of the problem.
When his attention was drawn towards the fact that many poets and writers have not done their duty to tell the Nation truth which was expected of them, Mr. Amjad Islam Amjad said that there has been an overall deterioration in the society as a whole. We need some speed breakers to regulate the traffic and then remarked that:

Let each one of us take some initiative. We all belong to the privileged class in the society and try to bring about a positive change in the country. By nature I am an optimist and believe that the fact of this Nation will change one day. He agreed with a suggestion that patients need to be educated about their diseases, health education; awareness campaign about various diseases needs to be organized and patient education leaflets should be prepared which can be distributed to educate them. We should love animals and trees. In the past the teacher will take the students near the tree and tell them that we get fruits from the trees, wood for fire and it also provides us comfortable place to sit underneath. Not only that it consumes Carbon dioxide and provides all of us oxygen which is so essential for our living. This is the way the teachers use to emphasize the importance of trees and children used to fall in love with them. Same was the case with animals but alas these things have almost vanished these days.
He then recited some of his poems one of which was about the Tragedy of a Self Made Man and said that they do reach their destination but a bit late:


A few more couplets form one of his poems which he recited:


At the end of the session Prof.Humayun Maqsood Principal of Fatima Memorial College of Medicine and Dentistry in his address said that we miss finer points of life. It is extremely important that we bring our childnre close to Nature. Many many years ago when we did not have these drugs and doctors were known as Barbers, we used to have Herbal Medicine and Verbal Medicine. The physicians used to listen to the patients complaints patiently with the result that patients used to get better and were happy. However, now the situation has changed a lot. Despite the fact that we have too many most effective and safe drugs, patients are not happy with the doctors as the treating physicians do not listen to them carefully. The result is deteriorating doctor patient relationship and now patients are all the time willing to beat up the doctors. We as doctors must think why all this has happened, he asked? By going away from Nature, we have lost many things. Most of the doctors are just busy in pushing pills believing that there is a pill for every ill. His advice to the healthcare professionals was, talk to the patient, listen to their complaints carefully and every effort should be made to improve the doctor patient relationship. He also commended PharmEvo for providing them such a unique opportunity for philosophical interative discussion with Amjad Islam Amjad so that we discuss things which are close to reality. He also termed PharmEvo as “Ba Adab Dawasaz Company” .
Earlier Syed Umair Maroof Business Manager PharmEvo in his welcome address said that PharmEvo was established in 1999 and apart from producing quality drugs; we are also trying to revive the literary reading habits of our people. It is in this context that so far PharmEvo has published twenty two books besides thirteen Theme Calendars. We have been holding such sittings with eminent literary figures for the last many years which included late Poet Ahmad Faraz, Peerzada Qasim, Anwar Maqsood. Mr. Amjad Islam Amjad has also honoured us in the past by participating in our programmes and we are extremely grateful to him to have graced today’s session with his presence. He also thanked Pakistan Society for Rheumatology in general and Prof.Nighat Mir in particular for their collaboration in this literary sitting. He also thanked Dr. Mahfooz Alam for moderating the session.

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