Thursday, August 28, 2008


To: The Editor, Afternoon, Mumbai






This has reference to Tavleen Singh’s article: A literary interlude (Afternoon, Aug 28, 2008).


This is Tavleen Singh in all her communal glory. She writes a thousand-word article on the occasion of the sad passing of Ahmed Faraz, Urdu’s most loved poet during current times. She cherishes her chance meeting with him at New Delhi airport. She extols him for his gazals that is the rage of the gazal lovers all over the world. She mentions the names of Ghalib, Mir, Iqbal, Faiz, Saadat Hasan Manto, and Munshi Prem Chand. It is a tribute to her journalistic integrity that in full commitment to her brand of communal writing, she succeeds in completely avoiding the word: URDU.


Is Urdu so untouchable; so unmentionable?


The nearest she comes to acknowledge the existence of URDU as an Indian language, when she writes: It is sad that these wonderful writers are not translated into other Indian languages and their works are not taught in Indian schools. This is at best a backhanded acknowledgement that URDU is an Indian language.


It is time Tavleen Singh reflects how much damage she has done to the Hindu-Muslim unity of the nation by her warped line of communal writings. It is time she starts rebuilding the bridges that had been torpedoed.



Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai


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4 Responses to “LOVE URDU POETS – HATE URDU”

  1. irfanullah arif Says:

    apni nakami ka aik ye b sabab hai faraz
    Cheez jo mangte ha sb se juda mangte hai…

    Faraz b root gae…hamein aise jag ma chor k jaha adab k QAdardan napeed hote ja rahe ha….

    irfanullah arif
    BBA (Hons)

  2. Deepak Says:

    What is this guy getting so touchy about Tavleen Singh not mentioning Urdu? Urdu is alive and well in India, and the mafia makes sure it remains the language of Bollywood as well. Ghulam Mohd is reminded that it is in East Pakistan where Urdu was humiliated. Mr Jinnah right after getting Pakistan declared Urdu & Urdu only shall be the language of Pakistan..well that was not to be, E Pakistan, now Bangladesh not only rejected the flimsy grounds that Urdu has anything to do with Muslims,but today the language is completely banished from that country. Now, we all know Bangladesh does not have Tavleen Singh or Hindus.
    Ghulam Mohd is also reminded of Pakistani paranoia..while Gulzar through Laloo Yadav sing the glory of Urdu in India, Pakistan has NO Hindi or Sanskrit department in any of its universities…none..No Sanskrit in the place of its birth, the Indian subcontinent. That is Islamism for you..wiping out, and cleansing.

  3. asma Says:

    ya, i agree with GM.
    Urdu is our life.n Faraz is superb.

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