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George Orwell passed away on 21st Jan, 1950

KARACHI (UNESCO): On this day in 1950, famed author George Orwell passed away.

Just the year before his death, he published one of his most famous works – 1984 – a fictional story that took readers into a dystopian future of government control and surveillance.

Orwell, whose birth name was Eric Arthur Blair, was convinced from a young age that he would be a famous author.

Much like his peers, Orwell considered Lenin one of the most significant men of his time, but his refusal to conform often led him to be deeply critical of imperialism and capitalism.

Later in life, Orwell vehemently criticized communism, as evidenced in his book Animal Farm.

Today, we take the opportunity to remember Orwell’s contributions to literature and for his critical eye on social norms.

Just shy of 1984, UNESCO published two special issues in The Unesco Courier and the review The Impact of Science in Society, exploring the intersection of fiction and reality and focused on Orwell’s work.

How does today compare to Orwell’s predictions for the future?

Check out here some of the articles dedicated to Orwell. Enjoy the read!

1- George Orwell, a ‘Tory anarchist’

2-Nineteen Eighty-four: from fiction to reality

3- Orwell’s vision: the world in 1984


Dr. Iffet Sultana

Prof. Dr. Iffet Sultana PhD (Education), IQRA University, M.Phil. (Environmental Education) IQRA University, Master’s in Educational Administration & Management (University of Karachi). Dr. Iffet Sultana has been associated with IQRA University as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Management Sciences, Department of Business Administration since 2013. Her PhD Thesis is on “Girls’ Access & Equity in Primary Education in the Slum Areas of Karachi”. In the past, she has worked for the Ministry of Environment, Government of Pakistan. She has presented numerous research papers in National and International Conferences. Her areas of special interest are Girls’ Education, Inclusive Education, Environmental Education and Gender Studies. She has been actively teaching and stimulating student’s interest in Social Science and Developmental Sciences Subjects including Education, Sociology, Psychology & other Contemporary Subjects. Dr. Sultana is also associated with various NGOs in the capacity of Consultant. Writes for News as Contributing Editor (particularly focusing on the UN International Days.)