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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.
Amrita Pritam

A hundred years of Amrita Pritam, who wrote passionately about love, Partition & sexuality

The first big female voice in Punjabi literature, Amrita Pritam lived as passionately as she wrote. On her birth centenary, a look at her life, loves and legacy.

On Pash’s birthday, remembering the fiery poet killed so young by terrorists

The radical Punjabi poet, labelled a Naxal and assassinated by Khalistanis, was born on this day in 1950.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi | Ravi Choudhary/PTI

Mamata Banerjee is poetry-bombing the Modi government, for better or verse

We cannot underestimate Didi. While we listen to her attempts at poetry, she muscles her way into becoming face of opposition in 2019. Some Indians might take on the BJP in court, Parliament or newspaper editorials. But Bengal has Mamata Banerjee: poet, politician and painter. She has decided to unleash the most potent weapon a Bengali has – 'kaalchaar' aka the supposed Bengali upper hand in education, culture and the arts. Didi has decided to poetry-bomb the Modi government. In an effort to show that she is serious about not just being a regional leader, the poems come in Hindi, Bengali and English. Surely other languages will follow soon. Mamata's poem Parichay (Identity) hit social media on 6 August, in her distinctive Bidhrohi Kobi or Revolutionary Poet rapid-fire staccato. Do you listen to Mann ki Baat? Do you write against the ruler? Does your phone have Aadhaar? Are you a member of the ‘Pay-B-Team’? Have you registered all documents? Are...
An illustration with Rupi Kaur and her poems

Rupi Kaur on how to deal with desi parents when you write about sex

Poet Rupi Kaur on growing up in a conservative Indian-origin Canadian family, writing about sexuality and self-love, and the resulting awkwardness at home.

On Camera

File photo| PM Modi interacts with journalists and stakeholders from the print media on tackling COVID-2019, in New Delhi, March 24 | PTI

After demonetisation and GST, slow response on corona is latest disaster of centralisation

Modi govt is perceived as ‘strong’ because of its centralised functioning, but its slow response on Covid-19 exposes the risks that come with such style of governance.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Ramayan on DD: Best way to keep India’s elderly indoors or show the young TV beyond Netflix?

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, which was a rage in the late 1980s, has made a comeback at a time when the 21-day lockdown has forced people indoors.

Defence

File image of medical staff at isolation ward where 3 patients were admitted for suspected coronavirus infection, in New Delhi | ANI

Army doctor and JCO test positive for Covid-19, both had travelled to Delhi separately

The latest cases have come over 10 days after an Army jawan in Leh tested positive for Covid-19 to become the first its victim in the 13-lakh strong force.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.