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The Urdu poet has always been known to be liberal, even iconoclastic.

‘Unfortunate Event’, Conversations Of Partition Reverberate At ‘Jashn-e-Rekhta’

Urdu author Khalid Jawed speaking at ‘Jashn-e-Rekhta’ said memories of the Partition which is an ‘unfortunate event’ will live on for years through literature.

04 December 2022

Maharashtra: Despite Being Large Part Of Population, Muslims Not Getting Due Share, Says Pawar

Maharashtra: Despite Being Large Part Of Population, Muslims Not Getting Due Share, Says Pawar

Addressing an event titled 'Issues Before Indian Muslims' organised by the Vidarbha Muslim Intellectuals Forum here, Pawar batted for Urdu but also stressed on the importance of the "main language" of states, citing the...


Partition Diary: A Serendipitous Tale Between Two Sukritas

The writer, an Indian, talks about the warm familial ties with the lady who she was named after, who happens to be on the other side of the border


Book cover Adhyatam Ramayan by Guru Narayan

Persian And Urdu Ramayans

Travels through the marvellous world of Urdu and Persian Ramayans

12 November 2022

Striking An Optimistic Note In Times Of Hate, Distrust

A scholar reminisces his growing up in a sleepy town in Bihar and how its secular fabric changed after loud-mouthed Hindu fanatic leaders landed there


Why Kashmiri Writers Have Become Unnaturally Silent Since Abrogation Of Article 370

English-language writers in the Valley feel discouraged to publish their books. Kashmiri-language writers have deep-dived into self-publishing. But everyone is silent on the political situation.

02 September 2022

A painting depicting a scene from the Ramayana

Urdu Ramayana: A Composite Culture Through The Eyes Of Urdu Poets

Excerpts from the Ramayana in Urdu by Asghar Husaain Khan ‘Nazeer Ludhianvi’.

23 October 2022

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Ismat Chughtai with Amina Mushfiq, wife of Mushfiq Khawaja.

Remembering Ismat Chughtai On Her 107th Birth Anniversary

The writer reflects on the importance of remembering Ismat Chughtai on her 107th birth anniversary for her definitive and timeless style of writing, and her subsequent works that made her such a magnificent writer and woman...

21 August 2022

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15 August 2022
India At 75: How Poets Reacted To The Partition Through The Years

India At 75: How Poets Reacted To The Partition Through The Years

A snapshot of poetic work that concretely deals with one of the most tragic events of the 20th century 


12 August 2022
Bonds And Verses: A Circle Of Urdu Poets

Bonds And Verses: A Circle Of Urdu Poets

Stories from the lives of Majaz Lucknowi, Ali Sardar Jafri, Sahir Ludhinavi, Javed Akhtar; Jagjit Singh, Kaifi Azmi, Gulzar and many more


04 July 2022
Urdu Novelist Rahman Abbas On Writing About Forbidden Love and Politics

Urdu Novelist Rahman Abbas On Writing About Forbidden Love and Politics

In his novels, forbidden love and politics intermingle, sometimes explosively. Mumbai-based fiction writer Rahman Abbas, who has written five novels, has been...


29 May 2022
The Shair’s Last Sigh

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.


29 May 2022
A Dying Declaration: Urdu Is Dying A Slow, Painful Death

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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29 May 2022
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...


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...


14 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  


30 April 2022
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...


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...


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.


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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...


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...


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