Many young political activists also used the space to discuss issues of atrocities and discrimination faced by Dalits and the need to launch a national movement.
On the 149th death anniversary of the renowned Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib, a look at how the poet breathed new meaning into the old.
On February 12, we have stepped into the centenary of Subhash Mukhopadhyay’s (1919-2003) birth. Here’s a look at how he chose to engage with the craft of poetry-writing in a world marked by deep fault lines.
Saqi Farooqi left a lasting impression; good or bad.
All of Shahid’s poetry resonates with nostalgia, longing, memory and at times, the loss of memory of his home itself.
Nabina Das’s third poetry collection, ‘Sanskarnama’, is a searing commentary of our times.
Sunil Sharma’s Mughal Arcadia: Persian Literature in an Indian Court has implications for how we understand Mughal culture as “Indian”.
Tishani Doshi’s Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods captures gendered violence, and yet, celebrates the impossible beauty of the everyday.
The Altar of the Only World follows the journeys of three mythological characters through heartbreak, separation, and ultimately, a quest for the self.
“Those who criticise and question power are being brutally silenced today. To accept an award from this government will be a betrayal of his writings and the kind of life he led”.
Had Muktibodh been alive to watch all this celebration, he would have asked the same question he posed in his lifetime: “Partner, what is your politics?”
Jagan Nath Azad’s poems condemning the demolition of the mosque say that the event tore apart India’s secular culture, one shaped through centuries of assimilation.
The poems in Manohar Shetty’s ‘Full Disclosure: New and Collected Poems’ demand many celebratory re-readings.
The Urdu author encouraged writers, by his own example, to bring in subjects that had been considered beyond the pale of literature.
Uttaran Das Gupta’s Visceral Metropolis is relentless in its pursuit to look at a city through nostalgia, love, revulsion, progress, climate change, and through everything, hope.
The Goa police will approach experts and the office of the directorate of official language to probe the etymology of the “abuses and explicit language” used in the poems.
In All the worlds between, an enaction of a collaboration between sets of Indian and Irish poets results in an interplay of themes that we may have never considered we shared.
Modern readers and writers have long since forgotten what happened back then, but poetry today would not be the same without the 13th century.
John Ashbery, a genius of modern poetry and one of the most influential figures of late-20th and early-21st-century American literature, died on September 3 in New York at the age of 90.
In the 2014 general elections, the BJP and its allies were able to form the largest majority government since 1984. The NDA’s combined vote share was at 38.5%.
On February 9, 2016, an event was organised in JNU in which anti-India slogans were said to have been raised for which the students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was charged with sedition.
Adopting the language of 12th century vachanas, S. Anand has a dialogue with Gauri Lankesh. He tells her how wolves whistle over the stilled lioness.
Federico Garcia Lorca lives on in his beloved Granada, in Spain, in this world that is ours.
Shakeel Badayuni wrote some memorable romantic poetry but remained aloof from the big ideas of his time.