Echo­ing the sen­ti­ments of an av­er­age In­dian Mus­lim

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Hus­sain Haidry (above) is yet to come to terms with the fact that his “twopage-long” poem, Hin­dus­tani Musalmaan has gone vi­ral, mak­ing him an overnight in­ter­net star in In­dia. The poem talks about var­i­ous iden­ti­ties, one im­bibes ow­ing to dif­fer­ent kinds of life­styles and em­pha­sises on the fact that re­li­gion is just a co­in­ci­den­tal fac­tor — not one that shapes iden­ti­ties.

Hus­sain Haidry’s poem echoes the sen­ti­ments of an av­er­age In­dian Mus­lim whose iden­tity is not re­stricted by the fact that he or she is born in a Mus­lim fam­ily. He says: “I wrote the open­ing lines al­most a year back when I was trav­el­ling from Kolkata to Bhutan. I wrote it on a small di­ary and later lost the di­ary. But some­how, the open­ing lines re­mained with me. It is about a per­sonal jour­ney and I had no idea so many peo­ple will con­nect with it. Frankly, there is noth­ing new in the poem. It is the ques­tion of iden­tity that we of­ten face. It is just a per­sonal jour­ney of seek­ing iden­tity.”

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