Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

Topic: Urdu

AIR’s Urdu service, popular in both India and Pakistan, truncated to 3 hours from 18

The AIR Urdu service has a wide listener base in both countries, and it also airs programmes to counter propaganda from Pakistan.

Habib Tanvir, the iconic playwright and director known for his work with tribal artists

Habib Tanvir travelled through the interiors of Chhattisgarh, meeting and working with local village artists, and used folk traditions in his plays.

Jan Nisar Akhtar — Bollywood lyricist who was ‘poet in a real sense’

On his 106th birth anniversary, ThePrint explores the life and love of Jan Nisar Akhtar.

Josh Malihabadi, the Urdu poet who migrated to Pakistan for his love of Urdu

His work earned him the name ‘Shair-e-Inquilaab’, or Poet of the Revolution.

Delhi HC calls for copies of 100 FIRs to check if police still using Urdu, Persian words

Court to check if recent police circular to its stations to stop the use of 383 Urdu or Persian words while registering complaints was being complied with. Wants FIRs to be in ‘simple language’.

‘Modi shasan’ not ‘Modi sarkar’: This IIM alumnus wants Urdu out of Hindi

Speaking at India International Centre in Delhi, IIM alum Nityanand Misra said Hindi & Urdu were different languages and should be spoken as such.

Everyone has got it wrong in the Ramadan-Ramzan debate. And no, it’s not about Wahhabism

Explaining the shift from Ramzan to Ramadan in India as an influence of Saudi brand of Islam or Wahhabism is shockingly superficial.

Pakistani Urdu newspaper uses abusive language for Modi and his mother

The news report comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack.

‘Rich Muslims’ expense on Umrah, marriage can teach 3 lakh poor Muslim kids for 18 yrs’

With 120 million Indian Muslims living on Rs 67 a day, scholars want rich community members to spend less on lavish weddings, multiple pilgrimages.

IAF jets dropped bombs on JeM camps in Balakot on 26 February, show govt satellite images

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

On Camera


Golden Temple

What Akal Takht must know about harmonium and music before banishing it from Golden Temple

In an era where India’s past and ‘purity’ are constantly being dug up and debated, the humble harmonium has become the latest victim.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.