Noted poet Rahat Indori passed away in Indore
INDORE: Noted Urdu poet Rahat Indori passed away at a hospital in Indore in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. ACcording to a doctor at Sri Aurobindo Hospital Indori suffered three heart attacks. He was 70.
A tweet from the poet’s verified Twitter profile read that he died of cardiac arrest at 5.30 pm on Tuesday. Earlier today, Rahat Indori had shared that he got tested for corona virus after facing some initial symptoms. He had 60% pneumonia,” said Dr Vinod Bhandari of Sri Aurobindo Hospital.
The celebrated poet had also assured his fans that he will keep them updated about his health condition through social media.
Indori’s Twitter bio describes him as “Indian Poet, Painter, Bollywood Lyricist”.
Before he checked himself into the hospital for treatment, the poet had tweeted about being corona virus positive, asking people to pray for his quick recovery. He further asked people to not call up either him or his home to esquire about his health. He had said they will be getting updates through Twitter.
With a 50-year career in poetry, Indori, an Urdu scholar of great repute, was one of the biggest mushaira (poetry symposiums) stars in the country and someone who fearlessly called a spade a spade.
Among the poet’s most powerful lines are “Sabhi ka khoon hai shamil yahan ki mitti mein; Kisi ke baap ka Hindustan thodi hai (Everybody’s blood mingles in the soil; Hindustan does not belong solely to one)”. The lines were used on posters and banners during the anti-CAA protests, pushing him to almost cult status.
Earlier this year, his poem “Bulati hai magar jane ka nahi” went viral on social media, making him a sensation among the youth. Memes using the poem’s opening lines flooded social media during Valentine’s Day.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi mourned the passing of “Indori Sahab” with a couplet.