Ur­dugiri

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Min­is­ters in the Modi govern­ment are al­ways try­ing to come up with in­no­va­tive ideas to catch the prime min­is­ter’s eye. Mi­nor­ity af­fairs min­is­ter Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi has planned mushairas (Urdu poetry fests) across the coun­try for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions on Oc­to­ber 2. Ex­cept that sev­eral of the well-known po­ets in­vited for the mushaira, among them Wasim Barelvi and Gulzar, are known Modi crit­ics and could well speak their minds. It could make mat­ters verse.

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