Indore: Sabhi ka Khoon Shamil Hai is Mitti Mein, Kisi ke Baap Ka Hindustan Thodi Hai (The blood of everyone is mixed in this soil, Hindustan is not anyone’s personal property). The creator of these forceful lines in the present times of bigotry, communal divide and masculine majoritarianism – famous poet Rahat Indori, passed away here on Tuesday.
The 70-year-old poet or shayar in Urdu, was being treated for COVID-19, died of a heart attack at the Aurobindo Hospital, his son Satlaj Indori said.
"He was admitted for coronavirus treatment but passed away after suffering a heart attack," Satlaj Indori said.
A vocal critic of the Narendra Modi government’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), the poet’s ‘shayari’ had become an inspiration for the countrywide protests against the anti-constitutional law that discriminates against Muslims. He had also participated in ‘mushairas’ critiquing the government on these two laws with his sharp, emotive lines.
The poet, who described himself as “poet, painter, Bollywood lyricist”, in his Twitter account had posted at 7.35 on Tuesday morning (August 11) informing his followers that he had tested positive for COVID-19 after developing “initial symptoms”. He was hopeful of pulling through and had sought prayers from his followers, adding that he would keep everyone updated through social media.
कोविड के शरुआती लक्षण दिखाई देने पर कल मेरा कोरोना टेस्ट किया गया, जिसकी रिपोर्ट पॉज़िटिव आयी है.ऑरबिंदो हॉस्पिटल में एडमिट हूँ
दुआ कीजिये जल्द से जल्द इस बीमारी को हरा दूँ
एक और इल्तेजा है, मुझे या घर के लोगों को फ़ोन ना करें, मेरी ख़ैरियत ट्विटर और फेसबुक पर आपको मिलती रहेगी.
— Dr. Rahat Indori (@rahatindori) August 11, 2020
Earlier this year, his poem "Bulati hai magar jane ka nahi" went viral on social media, rendering him a sensation among the youth.
(With inputs from PTI)