Justice Katju writes that nowadays most Urdu poetry is rubbish.

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By Justice Markandey Katju

Most of Urdu poetry written nowadays is rubbish. Most Urdu festivals or mushairas are money-making rackets, and the so-called shaayars write and recite third-rate stuff, but often charge huge amounts.

Mirza Ghalib never gave ‘daad’ to any poet’s shaayari unless he was satisfied that the sher really deserved praise ( see Hali’s biography of Ghalib ).

But nowadays people in the audience shout ‘wah, wah’ even at cheap, nonsensical verses, often even without understanding it.

The same is true about contemporary Hindi poetry, Hindi poets and Kavi Sammelans.

Justice Katju sings Tamil.

About the Author

Justice Markandey Katju
Markandey Katju is an Indian jurist and former Supreme Court judge of India who served as chairman of the Press Council of India. He is the founder and patron of the Indian Reunification Association (IRA), an organisation that advocates for the peaceful reunification of what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh with India under a secular government.