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Poorna Swami

The extraordinary romance of the ordinary

Rahman Abbas: ‘English writers enjoy more freedom than us’

Urdu writer Rahman Abbas on the challenges of being defiant

Language Outreach

Urdu claims its rightful place as a voice of the people

Call for Jihad

Some Urdu dailies in India extol Islam’s first holy war

The Rococo of Afzal Ahmed Syed

The collected poems of Urdu’s most contemporary poet splices antiquity and the current moment—marking a modern poetry event in the subcontinent

The Last Ustad

Acclaimed writer and critic Shamsur Rahman Faruqi on poetry, Indian literary theory and Urdu’s legacy in an exclusive preview of his new book

Wilful Ignorance

Urdu originated as a mix of several languages spoken during the Sultanate era in Delhi. Those who reject the language now are rejecting their own legacy

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