Shayari, Siyasat aur Munawwar Rana (Poetry, Politics and Munawwar Rana)

Sorry got a bit late in writing this post.

It’s never too late though. I was fortunate to see today’s Episode of Hum Log on NDTV India, hosted by Shri Ravish Kumar.

Since Ravish Kumar has started hosting the show ,it has seen a paradigm shift. Though the motive of the show remains intact. To create awareness among people.

Today’s show saw one of the greatest contemporary Urdu poets the country (or rather the world) has ever seen. i didn’t know a word abut this great Shayar before I read Ravishji’s tweet on the show. Searched the Internet and found out something about Munawwar Rana.

Shayar Munawwar Rana

Rana is credited with writing Ghazals on Mother. Ghazals are often written for lover (“Mehboob” in Urdu) but according to Mr. Rana and I quote “Agar Tulsi ke mehboob Ram ho sakte hain, to meri Maa meri Mehboob kyu nahi  ho sakti” . he expresses his feelings and love for Mother. In fact, most of the shayaris we read on Facebook or in SMS on Maa are the creations of Munawwar Rana.

Another great line he said was” We people in India worship cow as our mother, but its unfortunate that the level of the society is so degraded that now we treat our mother as a cow.”

Apart from his poetries on mother, he is also known for writing Ghazals on the politics and on the country.

On the show he recalled an incident on his tour to Pakistan. He told the audience about how Pakistani Muslim think of communalism in India ans he told them ” Hum 75 crore Hinduon ki Nigrani mein rehte hai bhala hame kya ho sakta hai”. This statement was a heart touching one and I could not stop clapping, no wonders my Mother thought I had gone mad.

On the show he also propagated the thought that Ghazal/Sher is not bound to language, community or country. ghazals are written in pure Hindi language also but are called as Urdu Ghazals. I cannot recall the words but it had no Urdu word in it, it was Hindi.

His implication of Ghazals is far ahead of communalism. He read a poetry by a Shayara(fem. of Shayar) who uses the word ‘Ghanshyam'(Another name of Lord Krishna) in her shayari.

There were many things on the show which unfortunately I missed (Taarak Mehta‘s Special Episode was on air at the same time), but it was a learning experience.

Thanks to Ravishji and NDTV for getting in some great ‘Unsung heroes’ and pioneers of Art on the show.

Famous TV anchor and reporter Ravish Kumar.

Some intimidating lines by Munawwar Rana on the show:

1 . meri khwaahish hai ki main phir se farishta ho jaun

maaN se is tarah liptun ki bachcha ho jaun

2.Is tarah mere gunaahon ko wo dho deti hai,

maa bahut gusse mein hoti hai to ro deti hai

3.aye andhere dekh le munh tera kaala ho gaya,

maa ne aankhein khol di ghar mein ujaala ho gaya.

4.Maine bulandiyon ke har nishaan ko chuaa…

Jab maa ne god mein uthaya to aasman ko chuaa!(Pesh-e- Nazar Ravishji)

5.kisii ko ghar milaa hisse meN yaa koii dukaaN aaii

maiN ghar meN sabse chhoTaa thaa mere hisse meN maa’n aaii

These are few drops from the ocean. Just the tip of the iceberg. The audience in show consisted of youth in majority and the kind of response to Mr.Rana shows that the existence of Shayari and Ghazal is not endangered.

The link to the video uploaded on youtube is here.


43 thoughts on “Shayari, Siyasat aur Munawwar Rana (Poetry, Politics and Munawwar Rana)

  1. DR. Pritam Sandhu says:

    I saw the episode and was moved the way it was presented In fact I write in Hindi and Gurmukhi . But very much fascinated by urdu because of its richness.
    I congratulate you for bringing in light the view point of writers, Poets and other stream of intellectuals
    I wonder if I can get Munawwar Rana’s Mobil No. to talk to him Personally


  2. farhan khan says:

    munawwar rana jaise logo ko bulaya kare aap k program pe..aur aise logo ko na bulaye jo publicity k liye kisi bhi had tak ja sakte hai…thanx ravish ji wish u all d best may ALLAH bless u


  3. adarsh kumar says:

    wow rVishji nd rana ji 2gether do behad hi shNdar logon ko ek sath dekhkar main bhul gaya tha ki mujhe pani bhi peena tha


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  5. Mohammad Naim says:

    aap jaise rahnumaon ki khaskar jarurat hai hamare is samaj ko aap tv channals ke madhayam se logon ke qarib aakar koum ki rahnumai kar shakte ho, please share the maximum time- allah hafiz


    • kirtikumarkasat says:

      Koi galathi hain to use mujhe batde kya galat hai, main use thik kar dunga janaab. Itne umda shayar ki tauheen karne ki khata main nhi kar sakta. anjane me bhool to nadano se kabhi kabhar ho hi jati hai


  6. nitin says:

    Maine fist time apko ndtv india par dekha hai mai ravish ji ka bahut bada fan hu mai HUM LOG or PRIME TIME hamesha dekhata hu thaks to ravish ji


  7. mohammad gulam sabir says:

    kya likhte hai .aap ki shayeri ka jwaab nahi bahut umda .aap ke zahen me maa ke liye nat naye alfaz aaj bhi maujood hai aur marte dam tak rahenge


  8. kashif rasheed says:

    mwnawwr rana jaisa jaisy shayar ab paida hona bahot mushkil ki shayri & nasr ka koi jawab hi nahi he .


  9. Dinesh Chandra Seth says:

    jis hakikat ko aap ne apane labjo ka jama pahanaya hai, khasker “MAA” ke bare me, vaisa khoobsurat bahut kam logo ne kiya hai. Please continue.


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  12. balwinder singh says:

    I do like good shayri on various topics. I was surfing news channels talking indo pak relations tension along border rapes but stuck to ndtv India only bcoz of shayri.where I got bit relief. I didn’t know anything abt munnwar rana but after the episode. I searched on Google proud to witness the episode


    • kirtikumarkasat says:

      He is a great person. I have had the priviledge to see him in person in Delhi some years back but that time I didn’t know much about him. NDTV has done good in bringing out such personalities closer to the youth.
      Thanks for comment 🙂


  13. Faizan says:

    Excellent Shayari of Munnawar Rana Sahab, Channels should bring this kind of personalities to their shows rather fake people and people who wants personalities. I love his every shayari on the show but his shayari on MOTHER and Migration was too good.


  14. Prof.Caesar says:

    Fantastic write up…Indeed I too watched this sp episode and wanted to know more about this great legend Mr.Rana where I was lead to your blog.Good work, sp the lines you have blogged which were by Rana.

    Keep up the good work.


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