Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hindi poet versifies mill workers' strike

"Kehte hein railway stationo ke bhi bhaag jaagte hein…/ Unke bhi din phirte hein… Jaise Lower Parel ke phire…”

The issue of the mill workers’ strike is usually associated with the Marathi manoos. Political parties cashing in on the vote bank politics around the mill workers always talk of their betterment in the Marathi perspective.

However, this line of thought is being broken by a young Hindi professor. Hubnath Pandey, who teaches Hindi literature at Jogeshwari’s Ismail Yousuf College, has penned a book of poems in Hindi, titled, Lower Parel.

The book has some scintillating poems composed in the backdrop of the 1984 mill workers’ strike. Speaking in fluent Hindi, and equally good Marathi, Pandey explained the idea behind writing a book on a subject often considered as close only to the Marathi community.

Full report here DNA

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