Opinion  /  Published 09.10.19

Reminder: Urdu is an Indian language

New India, not surprisingly, is giving rise to ever-new thought processes. According to the authorities of Panjab University, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council had advised them to merg...
By The Editorial Board

India  /  Published 19.01.20

Sanskrit to replace Urdu from Uttarakhand railway signboards

Names of railway stations written in Urdu on platform signboards in Uttarakhand will now be written in Sanskrit, the second official language of the hill state.The move is in keeping with the Railway ...
By PTI in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 02.10.19

Hindi-Urdu: Inseparable identity

Sir — The proposal of Panjab University to make the Urdu department a part of the School of Foreign Languages is uncalled for. Not only is Urdu widely spoken in India, it was also “born, nurtured,...
By The Telegraph

Opinion  /  Published 29.01.19

The joy of texts: Tales of a book club

A couple of years ago a few of us started a book club, which meets twice every month. Unlike many (most?) book clubs, we decided not to have everyone read the same book and then discuss it (shades of ...
By Samantak Das

Books  /  Published 25.01.19

Glaring back at the male gaze

In her Introduction, Rakhshanda Jalil, the editor of Preeto & Other Stories: The Male Gaze in Urdu, quotes a paragraph from Laura Mulvey’s Visual and Other Pleasures, where Mulvey talks of the ...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty


West Bengal  /  Published 22.12.19

A master’s hand that scripts poetry in ink

Mohammad Usman Ghani hurries out of a crowded, narrow lane of Belgachhia Children’s Park area, a Muslim locality next to Belgachhia Urdu High School. He greets me warmly and guides me to his house i...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

India  /  Published 06.02.20

Urdu meet put off, suspicion on CAA

A government agency set up to promote Urdu has postponed its annual world conference for the first time under pressure from the central government over fears that some participants may protest against...
By Basant Kumar Mohanty in New Delhi

India  /  Published 04.01.20

In Kashmir’s long lament, poems

Kashmir’s poets haven’t been completely silenced by the siege. While sharing the sense of hurt and humiliation felt by Kashmiris after the unilateral abrogation of Article 370 and the subsequent l...
By Majid Maqbool in Srinagar

India  /  Published 05.11.18

Political gag spreads across universities

Rajiv Ray, president of the Delhi University Teachers Association and the Federation of Central Universities Teachers Associations slammed the government’s “recent attempts to crush voices of diss...
By Basant Kumar Mohanty in New Delhi

India  /  Published 15.09.19

Place with no news even about ourselves

The past five weeks have successfully insulated us from the outside world as well as from each other even in the immediate neighbourhoods. Through some divine providence, it dawned on me that the only...
By Murtaza Shibli in Anantnag


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