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VOICES

 |  5-minute read
Mira bai, Urdu, Urdu Poetry, Mirza ghalib

Why I think modern Hindi literature looks woefully poor before Urdu

At a literary gathering, I expressed my disappointment with Hindi. Instead of positive engagement, my views caused a furore.

ART & CULTURE

 |  3-minute read
Secularism, Language, Muslims, Urdu

Why Urdu poetry is anti-Islamic

Many Muslims think Urdu is their jagir, though they know little of this great language.

ART & CULTURE

 |  6-minute read
Delhi, Jasoosi duniya, Urdu

Remembering an age when Urdu literature thrived in India

[Book extract] In his autobiography Khwab Baqi Hain, abba has given a good account of the literary environment which existed in the houses of shaurfa in the early decades of Biswin Sadi.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Islamophobia, Uttar Pradesh, Urdu, BJP

BJP earlier slammed Urdu - why include it now in 'Saaf Niyat Sahi Vikas'

After having criticised Urdu, and its speakers, the BJP seems eager to use the familiar language in its own slogans. Ye kaisa insaaf?

VARIETY

 |  4-minute read
Male gaze, Feminism, Urdu, Gender Stereotype

It's a crying shame textbooks are still riddled with gender stereotypes

It takes centuries to undo the damage.

ART & CULTURE

 |  5-minute read
Urdu, Literature, Chahar bait

Rediscovering chahar-bait, a dying folk music form that travelled from Afghanistan

It has roots in the war poetry of Arabia.

POLITICS

 |  The Other  |  3-minute read
Hindustani, Hindutva, Constitution, Urdu

BSP corporator booked for taking oath in Urdu shows Hindutva is the only language BJP speaks

Urdu was born as a language of the commoner in India, but today, like the Taj Mahal, it has become Muslim.

ART & CULTURE

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Saadat Hasan Manto, Short Stories, Urdu, Urdu Literature

A short history of greatest Urdu short stories ever told

[Book extract] Not until Premchand did it develop into a discrete genre and a major landmark of literary topography.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Poetry, Urdu, Ghalib

Ghalib was a people's poet, that was his greatness

Even today the Urdu poet's couplets are recited by the common man with great elan.

ART & CULTURE

 |  3-minute read
Storytelling, Urdu, Dastangoi

How India's first woman dastango found her voice in a male-dominated art form

Fouzia believes we need to stop giving native languages the second-grade citizen treatment.