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How young poets from Kashmir are creating a parallel poets’ society with online mushairas

25-year-old Zeeshan Jaipuri, along with his team, has been curating a website called 'The Kashmir Tales' to give a platform to young and upcoming poets from the Valley.
Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was also Bhanusingha, inspired by a ‘Vaishnav saint’ and a British poet

‘Bhanusingher Padabali’, verses in Brajabuli that Rabindranath Tagore started to write as a teen, went on to become a complete genre of songs.
Ramdhari Singh Dinkar | Graphic: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, the ‘Rashtrakavi’ whose words spoke to every Indian

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's words evoked a variety of sentiments in people’s hearts. Whether it was the Veer ras or Shringaar ras, the poet had mastered them all.
Gulzar at a song launch. Photo: Wikipedia

‘Dhoop aane do’, don’t lose hope & feed the strays: Gulzar’s lockdown message in poetry, prose

Stay hopeful, and practise social distancing, says Gulzar in his new poem. Read the translation of the poem by Rakhshanda Jalil.

Verses in the time of virus: Poetry Live unites 71 quarantined poets on Instagram

Indian Novels Collective and Mumbai bookstore Kitab Khana brought together renowned and new-generation poets together on Instagram via daily lockdown poetry sessions.
The protest at Jama Masjid in Delhi Friday

On World Poetry Day, a look at India’s verses of resistance

The recent protests in India have brought to the fore poetry's relationship with the State.

AK Ramanujan — writer who was averse to conventions & called out ‘material-minded’ Indians

Born on 16 March 1929, AK Ramanujan was a poet, scholar, translator & playwright who introduced a brilliant insight into the Indian ways of thinking with a seminal 1989 essay.
Gulzar

Onion price, inflation, political games — Gulzar’s Murari Lal is back to voice public anger

Gulzar's short poems featuring Murari Lal pack a punch in how sharply they deal with current issues. Read the translations by Rakhshanda Jalil.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Nissim Ezekiel, a pioneer of Indian-English poetry, was bound by layers of his identity

Nissim Ezekiel, the poet, playwright, critic and teacher often wrestled with ideas of belonging and Indianness.
A painting of Mir Taqi Mir | YouTube

Mir Taqi Mir — a master of Urdu who was in love with Delhi

 The 18th-century Urdu poet penned ghazals that inspired some classic Bollywood hits.

On Camera

People stand in a queue at a food distribution point during the nationwide lockdown in Navi Mumbai on 24 April 2020 | PTI

Why even herd immunity may not fully protect us from coronavirus

Herd immunity might be a temporary state of affairs. The coronavirus-induced economic & social changes may induce a rotation of potential superspreaders.
Dubai

Dubai businesses start growing again for the first time after coronavirus struck

Businesses in Dubai are benefiting from lifting of lockdown restrictions, with foreign visitors allowed to enter. However, a weaker outlook hasn't stopped job losses.

Defence

IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.