I Know Who is behind the Lynching

I Know Who is behind the Lynching

    Whenever politics and religion are mixed, it is obvious that those who live outside the game plan suffer the most. Indian right-wing politics was anti-secularism, anti-democracy and anti-Indian civilisation for decades; but after it came to power, these were not enough to maintain political supremacy. It was part of the right-wing agenda to…

An Open Letter to the PM of Pakistan

An Open Letter to the PM of Pakistan

20/1/2017 From                                                                                                                                    Rahman Abbas Mumbai   To MR. PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN MIAN NAWAZ SHARIF       SUBJECT: Appeal to ensure safety and release of disappeared poet and bloggers.   Dear Sir,   I’m an Indian Urdu novelist and have frequently spoken against fanatic elements in my own country when they have indulged in…

The NCPUL’s Attack on Free Speech

The NCPUL’s Attack on Free Speech

Rahman Abbas The form currently in contention. Courtesy Rahman Abbas. On March 17, 2016, Kolkata-based Urdu poet and writer Professor Shahnaz Nabi shared an alarming document with other Urdu language writers—a form she had received from the National Council for the Promotion of the Urdu Language (NCPUL), which operates under the Ministry of Human Resources…