Sahitya Academy Award winner Ameer writes on Urdu poetry


Urdu poetry has always been very special, writes Ameer Imaam.

Though all the poetries of world are special in a way for poetry is the mother of the fine arts, but despite that Urdu poetry has some features that make it unique among the world literature.

We find a glittering galaxy of literary personalities in Persian and English literature too and the names like Wordsworth Keats, Hafiz and Urfi are the never ending traditions and stand as the ever lasting impressions on the world literature but I couldn’t come across the any name of these languages, make me correct if I am wrong, that can be mentioned as the poet of present age. By this day, to the best of my knowledge, English poetry is synonymous with the literary stalwarts like Wordsworth Keats etc. Same is true with Persian poetry but this is not the case with Urdu. There was a time when Urdu poetry was meant to be Ghalib, Zauq, Anees etc. There is a time when Urdu poetry is meant to be Iftiqar Arif, Saqi Fatuqi, Jon Alia, Itfan Siddiqui and Farhat Ehsas. The urdu poetry is growing and has not been exhausted by it’s literary immortals, but these legends seem paving the way for the upcoming generations .

This walk of literature has another unique feature that is Mushira, a gathering where poets are supposed to recite their poetries for the audience. In these gathering, the poetry gets connected with every soul, who is present there in a different way. But this very speciality of mushaira gives birth to a problem. Some poets start coming with some extra efforts to maintain this connection. Most of the time these extra efforts appear a desperate attempt to camouflage the week ness of the works that turn mushaira into a sort of political rally and hooliganism.

Mushaira had not been like it since ever. All the big guns of literature of classical era shot to fame through mushairas and in those days it was the only bridge between a poet and the masses. There was a time when the reader was a listener first. So what we’re the circumstances that drove mushaira to this slogan raising, face making and,,,”the raised up hands should be there to the last row if you really appreciate it” sort of begging. To answer this question is not easy but it is not tough as well. This question too is standing in the que of the questions that have been demanding their answers since partition. The Exodus that was not of the people but was of the culture as well. The feudalism breathed it’s last and gave way to the industrialization.

Despite various demerits, feudalism was not the demerits only and was with some shiny patches like the dark ones of industrialization. Feudalism was stagnation, old fashioned, obsolete but a system of values and it could be anything but business. Industrialization was a flow, modernity, need of the hour but a business and it could be everything but a system of values and commitment.


The industrialization established the new monies of society and it changed not only the political but cultural scenario as well. He who pays the piper calls the tunes and with the new class of payers came a new class of pipers. The mushaira became a business and business is about making quick money only. Mushaira took a turn in that direction and the pipers were about not only making quick money but quick fame too. The post independent era was dotted with a series of communal riots and mushaira of that time exploited the situation quickly and became a wailing wall for a particular community. Though it kept masquerading so but it was no more an intellectual venture. It turned to be sensational and poetry, if it was poetry, based upon double meaning jokes, got a way to the podium. This melee left the pure literary poets like Mohd Alvi, Zeb Ghori and Musawwir Sabzwari far behind and they all we’re shrunk and cocoon to some journals and the collections of their poetry. They braved the boastful declaration of Bashiir Badr with silence when the later announced

Kaaghaz me dab ke mar gaye keedey kitab ke
Dewana bin parhey likhey mashhuur ho gaya

The book worms met a bookish, crushed between the paper death,
While a careless wanderer shot to fame without exploring the books.

Partition divided the Indian Urdu poetry into two sections. The one was for the audience and the other was for the readers.

But like every thing this mushaira too reached it’s saturation point and a new mushaira started itself stretching up to it’s height. A mushira that was different from the mushaira of last thirty to forty years.

Rekhta came as a whiff of fresh air. But there were some individual attempts too. The mushaira that has annually been organized by Tariq Faizi under the banner of Urdu Press Club falls into this category. It provides a platform to the poets who are known enough and the poets who are ascending the ladder of fame step by step. In this mushaira both the sections are supposed to come with quality poetry and they do. Javed Akhtar can compose Dard e disco for Shahrukh Khan but here he appears as the true grandson of legendary Muztar Khairabadi with his couplet

Woh shakl pighli to har shai me ghul gayi jaise
Ajeeb baat hui hai use bhulaney me.

Having melted down that face has mingled with everything here,,
Strange is the process of forgetting him.

Shariq Kaifi belongs to the city where once an ear ring was lost. He is a critically acclaimed poet and his collection of poetry, apney tamashey ka ticket, should be taken as an addition to the Urdu nazm but both the mushaira and the discussed poet had long been alluding to each other for in traditional mushairas there was no space for him or he couldn’t see any scope for his poetry there. Such a pleasant surprise it was to find him on the podium of Dubai Mushaira after his appearance in Jashn e rekhta. Two other invites were Kashif Husain Ghaiir and Zulfiqar Adil from Pakistan whom I happened to meet first in the Mushaira of Pakistan Arts Council Karachi. Kashif bhai, quite an introvert person, gave me his collection of poetry and what a fine poetry it was. The same was true with Zulfiqar Adil, another accomplished poet from the same land. Besides being an exceptional poet kashif bhai proved himself exception in another way for he appeared one of the few poets who could listen the poetry of others without reciting a single couplet of him. One of his couplet goes on like,,

Ham aise log zyada jia nahi kartey
Hamarey baad hamara zamana aata hai.

The people like us are bound to early death,
Our age dawns after our departures.

The couplet shows the agony of these cornered poets. We should be happy that he ,with his contemporaries, is witnessing his age dawning through his own eyes.

Once someone asked me about the challenges of young generation. I replied that being young in the literature is the biggest challenge before the young generation. The vultures hover upon the dead bodies, and if you are alive, you have to be a toothless, grey haired, or bald headed poet to win some recognition here. But the air is blowing in a changed direction and I am happy that it is going to prove me wrong soon. Vipul Kumar got a chance to be on the stage with the great stalwarts like Sahar Ansari. The young Turks like Abhishek Shukla and Muiid Rashidi too were introduced to the literary world on the same podium before.

The pure literary poets like Azhar Faragh, Anwar Shauur, Liaqat Ali Asim .Irfan Izhar .Ambreen Haseeb Amber and Farhat Ehsas have not only been invited here time to time but have been applauded as well.

Yes we are living in a changing world. Congratulations Tariq!

(The writer is Sahitya Academy Award winner)

source: / Okhla Times / Home> Local / by Okhla Times / August 01st, 2017

This Indian Muslim will fast to protect cows

Kudbay Village (Nakhtrana Taluka), Kutch , GUJARAT :

Jabbar Jat
Jabbar Jat

 Jabbar is a cattle-breeder and owns 16 cows and nine buffaloes. And he loves them.

In the last three years since the BJP government came to power, according to one estimate, 90 lynching incidents have taken place because of alleged beef dealing and cow slaughter. Quite often there has been severe beatings for even transporting cattle. The cause of the cow is seen as dividing communities, especially Hindus and Muslims.

And Jabbar Jat, 27, a Muslim from Kudbay village of Nakhtrana taluka in Kutch, in a great reversal of roles, is at the forefront of a movement to protect cows, reports the Times of India.

Jabbar is a cattle-breeder and owns 16 cows and nine buffaloes. And he loves them. So much so, last week he wrote a letter to the district collector, suggesting each district in Kutch should allocate grazing land for cattle.

To reinforce his demands Jabbar would be going on a fast for 48 hours, beginning July 20 at the Kutch district collectorate.

Jabbar says it is not enough that the government make noises about cattle protection. To become proactive in this matter, he suggests that the administration could begin allotting two buffaloes to each farmer. He also says the state government should bear 50 per cent cost of each gaushala (cow shelter) and it must buy back fertiliser made of cow urine and cow dung from the farmers. These measures, he believes, would be far more effective than just saying cow is sacred.

“In the last two to three years, cow has become a tool to spread hatred, which is hitting the business. Besides, no gau rakshak (cow vigilante) himself rears a cow and merely indulges in hooliganism in the name of cow protection. So, I decided to take up the cause. I would like to tell gau rakshaks that let us sit together for the cause of the cow because killing in the name of cow will lead us to a barbaric society, which will never serve the true purpose,” he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The local cow protectors, though a little flummoxed, are in support of Jabbar’s views. Jabbar has invited people from all communities to join him for the fast.

In response, Vallabh Kathiria, chairman of Gujarat State Cow Welfare Board said: “The state government will make efforts to increase economic viability of cows so that people will not let their bovines loose in the city. Once they start earning more from cow dung and cow urine, they will keep their cows at home instead of letting them stray on the roads.”

source: / Khaleej Times / Home> International> India / by C.P. Surendran, New Delhi / July 17th, 2017

Abhishek Dhudasiya won Men’s Graded ‘A’ Division Title in Bangalore Open Tenpin Bowling Championships

Bengaluru, KARNATAKA :


Abhishek Dhudasiya of Tamil Nadu won the Men’s Graded ‘A’ Division Title at the Wissen 3rd Bangalore Open Tenpin Bowling Championships – 2017 being held at the Amoeba Bowling Center, Church Street, Bangalore.

In the Masters Round, held this morning, where Top 20 bowlers bowled 8 games block to decide the winner based on total pinfall. Abhishek bowled quite consistently, scoring 6 games above 200 and ending up with total pinfall of 1674 and an impressive average of 209.25.

Sports India Live Staff | Sports India Live
Sports India Live Staff | Sports India Live

The 22-year-old Abhishek finished 91 pins ahead of Salman Khan of Karnataka who finished 2nd with total pinfall of 1583. Former International Antony Rajkumar (1535) of Karnataka finished 3rd.

In the Masters Round of Open Division, out of 16 bowlers who made the Cut, 8 bowlers are from Karnataka. Vijay Punjabi of Karnataka is injured and in his place, 1st Reserve Surendra Babu from TamilNadu will play this evening.

All 16 bowlers will bowl 8 games this evening and 8 games tomorrow morning. Top 4 bowlers, based on cumulative pinfall of 16 games will move to the Knock-Out Stepladder round. The Finals will be held at 5 pm tomorrow.

source: http://www.sportsindialive.con / Sports India Live / Home> Bowling / by Sports Ind ia Live Staff / July 28th, 2017

Mangaluru : While on this bus , learn how to file IT returns

Mangaluru, KARNATAKA :

Ibrahim Thabreez, 23, has equipped his bus with WiFi and offers free tax consultation
Ibrahim Thabreez, 23, has equipped his bus with WiFi and offers free tax consultation

Owner of a private bus in Mangaluru encourages people to file IT returns by offering information and free consultation

After offering free Wi-Fi services on a private city bus, a Golden Line bus that runs between Mangaluru city (State Bank of India Bus Stand) and Hoo Hakuvakallu near Konaje will offer free consultancy services on several issues such as GST, linking PAN with Aadhaar, filing IT returns and how to go about it.

Ibrahim Thabreez, a 23-year-old MBA graduate working as an export executive at Sharief Marine Product Private Limited decided to spread awareness on the subject. Thabreez‘s family is into transport business and they own about three city buses.

Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, Thabreez said, “People panic when they hear the word tax. Now, with GST, the panic has only increased. I am campaigning so that people come forward and file their returns. I explain to them the benefits of filing returns and how to go about it. For this, I have pasted posters inside the bus. I thought this is the right time to spread awareness as there are few days left to file returns for the last financial year. I addition, I am helping people with getting a PAN card, as well as linking it to their Aadhaar cards and bank accounts,” he said.

The non-salaried class often try to avoid filing returns. “I have provided my mobile number on the posters on the bus. While I guide them for free, in case they want me to take it further and get them a PAN card, I will do so only by charging a fee prescribed by the government. Regarding IT returns, I can guide them on the taxable amount and how to go about filing e-returns. In case they insist that I file it for them, I can provide the services at my office at a reasonable fee,” he said.

When JIOFi was launched earlier this year, Thabreez saw to it that a device was placed inside the bus so that people could use WiFi for free. Though the free offer has ended, they use upto 5 GB data in the bus every day.

source: / Bangalore Mirror / Home> News> State / by Deepthi Sanjiv, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / July 27th, 2017