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Secularism, Mysticism, and Sensuality

Bhartendu Harishchandra’s Urdu Writings

Considered the father of modern-day Khari Boli, Bhartendu Harishchandra’s Urdu prose and ghazals were highly eloquent in terms of style.

Such an articulation of Urdu exhibits a deep-seated hatred towards a language, which is not quite antagonistic but is nonetheless full of deri-sion. Surprisingly, such a statement was made by a person who dedicated himself to the service of Urdu and wrote Urdu ghazals in a highly embel-lished Persianised variety, namely the prominent Hindi writer–poet–dramatist, Bhartendu Harishchandra (1850–1885). When Hindi–Urdu was used to define the religio-nationalistic identity of Hindus and Muslims in pre-independence India, Harishchandra made this statement in front of the Hunter Commission and expressed his allegiance to the Hindi linguistic identity.

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Published On : 22nd Mar, 2024

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