Nida Fazli: The soulful poet of ‘Secular Hindostan’
Whether Nida Fazli (12 October 1938 – 8 February 2016) wrote on interpersonal relationships or politics or the daily struggles of human life, realism and optimism remained hallmarks of his deeply moving poems.
Makhdoom: A fine poet who picked up gun during peasant uprising
A rebel in his life of soul-stirring poems, Deccan’s great Urdu poet Makhdoom — who was born on February 4, 1908 — mobilised youth against the British Empire and eventually for the merger of Hyderabad with the newly liberated Indian Union.
CAA marker: What our republic must safeguard in its seventies? ‘Samvedna’
At 70, the Republic of India is definitely not the ‘heaven of freedom’ into which Rabindranath Tagore—who wrote our national anthem—had prayed for his country to awake!
CAA: From British to BJP rule, what remains a constant? ‘Obnoxious’ sedition charges
Surely, the colonial era sedition law is getting a boost at a time when “us versus them”, the “national versus anti-national” dichotomy is only becoming more and more rigid amidst CAA protests.
Opinion: ‘Dirty films’: NITI Aayog member’s remarks on Jammu and Kashmir betray a twisted mind
Had VK Saraswat said it before August 4, 2019, one would have dismissed it with a smile. In the current scenario, his lewd remarks have rubbed salt in the wounds of J&K – where residents have been denied many basic rights after having been rendered politically disempowered.
Kaifi Azmi: Shehanshah of Urdu shayari who wrote on Somnath and Ayodhya
A look at the life and work of legendary Urdu poet and film writer who was born on this day in 1919 in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. His poetry continues to bedazzle lovers and rebels
Kashmir: Senior police officer’s arrest brings spotlight back on Afzal Guru
The dramatic arrest of a J&K DSP, Davinder Singh, while allegedly ferrying two terrorists on Saturday has reignited debate over Afzal Guru’s role in the 2001 Parliament attack.
Kashmir communications blackout: How digital rights defenders read Supreme Court judgement
While the landmark apex court’s judgement falls short of expectations, it’s being seen as a step towards discouraging the government from arbitrary and indiscriminate use of communication restrictions in the name of maintaining law and order.
‘Chhapaak’ comes under Hindutva acid attack
Calls to boycott Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak by the flag bearers of Hindutva nationalism indicate that even watching a socially relevant movie in the theatre is likely to be seen as an act of rebellion.