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Gyanvapi Mosque Row: The Stance of Urdu, Hindi And English Dailies

Gyanvapi Mosque Row: The Stance of Urdu, Hindi And English Dailies

Media is the fourth pillar of democracy, along with executive, legislative and judiciary. But, in the post-truth era of embedded journalism, newspapers have cast aside objectivity to reveal their communal bias. It is evident in the Hindi newspapers’...

29 May 2022
Hate Speech And The Language That Speaks Of Love: An Ode To Urdu

Hate Speech And The Language That Speaks Of Love: An Ode To Urdu

With so much hate being spewed on social media and public platforms, the language of Urdu feels like a soothing balm  

14 May 2022

The Shair’s Last Sigh

Urdu publishing stares at a bleak present—of poor quality paper, printing, binding, packaging and no marketing. But most of all, it craves for readers.

You win win but 'we' are lost

You win win but 'we' are lost

As advocates of regional languages gear up to face the threat of a Hindi deluge, they are also waking up to the existential threat of internal decay. We look...

30 April 2022

A Dying Declaration: Urdu Is Dying A Slow, Painful Death

Caught between twin pincers of the market and a communalised polity, Urdu is in death throes

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27 March 2022
Exile: A Poem By One Of The Pioneers Of Modernism In Urdu Literature

Exile: A Poem By One Of The Pioneers Of Modernism In Urdu Literature

Jila Watni (exile) was an important theme in the works of Progressive Urdu poets, who were committed to social justice and gender equality.


20 March 2022
Politics of Language: How Urdu Slowly Disappeared From Kashmir

Politics of Language: How Urdu Slowly Disappeared From Kashmir

Since it was made the official language in 1889, Urdu has been the language of the Muslim masses. But the abrogation of Article 370, which has stripped Urdu of...


18 March 2022
‘Shab-e-Baraat’: A Poem By Classical Urdu Poet Nazeer Akbarabadi

‘Shab-e-Baraat’: A Poem By Classical Urdu Poet Nazeer Akbarabadi

In these stanzas selected from ‘Shab-e-Baraat,’ the 18th century Urdu poet sketches the exuberance and zeal with which Shabe-e-Baraat is celebrated, and...


27 May 2022
The Decline Of Urdu In UP's Literary World

The Decline Of Urdu In UP's Literary World

Along with Lucknowi mushaira and Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb, Urdu literature is in decline. And the current socio-political atmosphere can't escape its share of the...


23 April 2022
‘Blemished Night’: A Letter To Faiz Ahmad Faiz

‘Blemished Night’: A Letter To Faiz Ahmad Faiz

The clarion call you gave to keep marching for ‘the salvation of sights and hearts’ and the concepts of dissent and resistance that you so passionately...


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29 January 2022
How Habib Tanvir Scripted A New Chapter In Indian Theatre’s History

How Habib Tanvir Scripted A New Chapter In Indian Theatre’s History

Habib Tanvir experimented with both content and form in his plays like Agra Bazar and Charandas Chor. Naya Theatre marked his lifelong quest to create a new...


19 January 2022
Urdu No More Official Language Of Ladakh | Will It Divide Muslims, Buddhists?

Urdu No More Official Language Of Ladakh | Will It Divide Muslims, Buddhists?

After the Ladakh government dropped official status of Urdu language and removed its mandate for government jobs, people see it as a decision to create rift...


16 October 2021
Uss Ne Kaha Tha: A Gripping Extrusion Of Gender Binary

Uss Ne Kaha Tha: A Gripping Extrusion Of Gender Binary

Ashar Najmi’s Urdu novel explores the complex perception of gender roles, gender identity and the ubiquitous unitary sexual orientation in the literary...


04 September 2021
Humour And Urdu Poetry In Indian Courts: What A Lawyer’s Book Reveals

Humour And Urdu Poetry In Indian Courts: What A Lawyer’s Book Reveals

Supreme Court lawyer Ejaz Maqbool’s new book shows that humour and Urdu poetry have played a significant role in handling even the tensest situations and...


02 December 2019
The BHU Conundrum: Scholar, Practitioner, Philosopher Or Believer?

The BHU Conundrum: Scholar, Practitioner, Philosopher Or Believer?

Can faith and scholarship live together with religion as the common archive? This is a profound question to which there is no easy answer.


09 September 2019
Priceless Notes, Poems, Photos Of Sahir Ludhianvi Found At Mumbai Scrap Shop

Priceless Notes, Poems, Photos Of Sahir Ludhianvi Found At Mumbai Scrap Shop

Mumbai-based Film Heritage Foundation, a not-for-profit NGO, found a bunch of priceless handwritten letters, diaries, nazm, and black and white photographs of...


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13 July 2018
Our Loves, Lost Once, Then Regained

Our Loves, Lost Once, Then Regained

Urdu poetry, ghazals and tales are harmonised in a whole in Sukhan, a labour of passion by a few Marathi performers


30 June 2018
Muslim Woman In Kanpur Writes Ramayana In Urdu To Spread Message Of Brotherhood

Muslim Woman In Kanpur Writes Ramayana In Urdu To Spread Message Of Brotherhood

Siddiqui said she wanted Muslim community aware of the goodness of Ramayana along with the Hindus.


15 December 2017
BSP Corporator Charged With 'Intent To Hurt Religious Sentiments' For Insisting To Take Oath In Urdu

BSP Corporator Charged With 'Intent To Hurt Religious Sentiments' For Insisting To Take Oath In Urdu

IPC Section 295A pertains to deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.



23 September 2017
Fasana Of A Fragrant Guldasta

Fasana Of A Fragrant Guldasta

Not only is this excellent collection a roster of the greats, it’s also a diachronic run through the Urdu short story from its earliest years


03 July 2015
The Last Katibs Of Delhi

The Last Katibs Of Delhi

The computerisation of calligraphic fonts has damaged the livelihoods of the remaining few calligraphy artists or Katibs in Urdu Bazaar, Delhi.


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