People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 19

May 13, 2012

Govt Must Observe Manto Centenary: Yechury


In a letter written to Dr Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, on May 10, 2012, CPI(M)’s Polit Bureau member and its parliamentary group leader Sitaram Yechury has urged the government of India to initiate appropriate steps for observation of the birth centenary of Sa’adat Hasan Manto. In this context, Yechury reminded that Manto was one of the greatest short story writers not of Urdu alone but of this whole subcontinent. He was born on May 11, 1912. Literary critics have often compared him to Guy de Maupassant. As a writer, Manto exposed various ills and hypocrisy prevalent in our society and picturised the country’s partition in all its horror, while upholding the finest values of humanism all through. He urged the prime  minister to atleast ensure that Manto's short stories are translated and made available in English and other Indian languages during the course of the year.