Rahat Indori, The Poet Who Defended Dissent Died Of Covid-19

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by Tasavur Mushtaq

SRINAGAR: Rahat Indoori whose poetry was made famous by the social media, especially in last few years, is no more.  

Haath khali hai tere shahr se jaate jaate
Jaan hoti tou meri jaan lutate jaate
Ham se pahle bhi musafir kai guzre honge
kam se kam raah ke patthar to hatate jaate

Rahat Indoori, the famous Urdu poet from Madhya Pradesh., died within hours after being admitted to the hospital for Covid-19 on August 11, 2020

A veteran poet and lyricist of Urdu, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, died due to the viral infection in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore. The death as hospital authorities reported occurred at around 5 pm.

Doing well in the day, Indoori, who was quite active on social media, earlier today took to Twitter to announce that he has tested for the virus.

“After showing initial COVID-19 symptoms, I underwent the COVID-19 test on Monday and tested positive for the virus today. I have been admitted to Aurobindo hospital,” Indori had written on Twitter this afternoon.

Requesting his fans and followers not to call his family to enquire about his well-being, the noted poet had also asked his followers to wish him a speedy recovery. However, the celebrated poet also assured his fans that he will keep them updated about his health condition through the social media platforms Twitter and Facebook.

Soon after he posted the tweet, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had wished Indori a speedy recovery.

But a few hours later, the 70-year-old fearless poet, suffered two heart attacks and could not be saved. He was undergoing treatment at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences in Indore. “He (Rahat Indori) suffered two heart attacks today and could not be saved… He had 60% pneumonia,” Dr Vinod Bhandari was quoted by the news agencies.

The chest department head of the hospital Dr Ravi Dosi had earlier today said that Indori had pneumonia.

Earlier today, Indori’s son Stalaj had said that his father is suffering from chronic ailments like heart disease and diabetes.

Life and Journey

Raahat Indoori was born on January 1, 1950 in Indore Madhya Pradesh to Rafatullah Qureshi, a cloth mill worker, and his wife Maqbool Un Nisa Begum. He was named as Raahat Qureshi.

As per the reports, Raahat did his schooling from Nutan School Indore from where he completed his Higher Secondary. He completed his graduation from Islamia Karimia College, Indore and later did his post-graduation in Urdu literature from Barkatullah University, Bhopal. He was awarded a PhD in Urdu literature from the Bhoj University of Madhya Pradesh in 1985 for his thesis titled Urdu Main Mushaira.

Internationally acclaimed poet and widely travelled person, Raahat had authored several books, including Rut, Mere Baad, Chand Pagal Hai, Naraz and few more.

The programme “Jashn-e-Indori” is being organised in his honour on May 7 in Dallas city, of United States

‘Mission Kashmir’

Respected lyricist of Bollywood, Raahat had penned down title song of a movie based on Kashmir, Mission Kashmir. Depicting the crisis of the place, the song sung by Shankar Mahadevan captured the scene from the ground.

Dhuan dhuan dhuan dhuan dhuan dhuan dhuan hi dhuan
Yeh saajishein dishaao ki, yeh saajishein hawaao ki
Lahuluhaan ho gayi jamin yeh devataao ki
Na shankh ki sadaaye hai, na abb sada ajaan ki
Najar meri jamin ko lagi hai aasmaan ki
Hai dar-badar yeh log kyun, jale hai kyun makaan
Dhuan dhuan dhuan dhuan dhuan dhuan dhuan hi dhuan
Yeh kisne aag daal di, hai narm narm ghaas par
Likha huva hai jindagi yahaan har ek laash par
Yeh takht ki ladaayi hai, yeh kursiyon ki jung hai
Yeh begunaah khun bhi, siyaasato ka rang hai
Lakeer khinch di gayi dilon ke darmiyaan

During anti-CAA protests, his verses, “Sabhi ka khoon hai shaamil yahaan ki mitti mein, kisi ke baap ka hindostaan thodi hai (Everyone’s blood flows into its soil; no body owns this country),’ became popular countrywide.

His death has been widely mourned. Condoling the demise, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has termed his death as a huge loss. “India has lost a great Urdu poet of our time, I salute the departed soul of Raahat Indoori, the voice of millions of Indians,” Azad said in his condolence message.

His couplets depicted his last day journey,

“Afwaah thi meri tabiyaar khraab hai,
logo ne pooch pooch ke bimar kar diya,
Do ghaz sahi magar ye meri milkiyat hai,
Ae maut tune mujhe zamindar kar diya.

 Postscript

Interestingly, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of renowned Urdu poet Rahat Indoori, terming his death a major loss to the world of Urdu literature and poetry.

PDP spokesman while paying tribute to the late Poet said Indoori had a unique style that connected him with a diverse audience and he was a man of moral integrity and mental calibre.  “He will be remembered for times to come for his greatest services to the world of Urdu literature and will remain in peoples’ hearts through his eternal poems. May his soul rest in peace,” said the PDP spokesman.

Meanwhile, the party has also offered condolences to its leader Nazir Ahmad Khan over the demise of his aunt. The party while praying for the departed soul has expressed solidarity with the bereaved family members at this hour of immense loss.

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