'Poetry is the antidote': in fight against Hindu nationalism, India turns to verse

The Guardian - 01-11


In a Delhi hockey stadium in December, around 100,000 people of various ages, genders, and classes flooded in for two days of poetry, debates, food and calligraphy sessions. It was Jashn-e-Rekhta, a three-day Urdu cultural festival, and its popularity reflects a wider appreciation for the Urdu poetry known as shayari. Historically associated with the politics of resistance, shayari is experiencing a revival in the face of rising Hindu nationalism in Delhi.