Dissent of Nazrul - Poetry and History by Priti Kumar Mitra

By Priti Kumar Mitra

Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) got here into prominence in the1920s because the 'Rebel Poet', startling the Indian literary global along with his radical principles and defiant utterances. The Dissent of Nazrul Islam focuses totally on Nazrul's dissent opposed to the British colonial govt in India, the Gandhian non-violent technique of nationwide fight, Islamic fundamentalism and Hindu cultural chauvinism, in addition to the hegemony of Rabindranath Tagore on this planet of Bengali literature. the quantity additionally contains the English translation of a few of Nazrul's verses of dissent and protest, and discusses the context of others. Surveying the literary, political, social, cultural, and highbrow situations that formed Nazrul's principles and activities and his exchanges together with his house, time, and environs, iMitrar illustrates how there opened exchange methods of notion and writing.

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88 This added a new dimension to Nazrul's poetry that had so far been mainly romantic and nostalgic of the past with occasional inspirational element for the present struggle. But now his new poetry came to be concerned with contemporary political struggle directly. \' Roots of th; N~ The immediate cause of this change seems to have been the massive Non-cooperation movement launched by Mohandas K. Gandhi (18691948) in 1920. The unprecedented agitation shook every nook and corner of the British empire in India; and Comilla, a small but swadeshiawakened town on the eastern periphery of the subcontinent, was also rocked to excitement.

62 The little one-sheet paper attracted the 11(l1l of important people, and many of Haq's Hindu friends IIlll III II lil led him for Nabojug's commendable writings. 63 40 The Dissent of Nazrul Islam Reconstructing the ' Rebel Poet' , 41 n Workers and Peasants ) c . 0 Many of these articles dealing mostly with contemporary topics came from Nazrul's pen. One of the major themes pursued by Nazrul in his Nabojug articles was, of course, anti-imperialism which meant 0IPosing British imperialism in particular.

But at the same time Nazrul would be drawn to oI l1 other direction- politics and political writings in a ~~ o~gan. II. Second Phase: 1920-30 Making ofthe 'Rebel Poet' NAZRUL AND MUZAFFAR AHMAD On the way back from Churulia, Nazrul stopped at Barddhaman in order to file an application to the district magistrate for the position of a sub-registrar, since such jobs were being offered to the veterans of the disbanded army units. A letter of interview reached Nazrul in time at Muzaffar Ahmad's office, but Ahmad and his literary colleagues discouraged the promising writer to take up such a dull clericaljob at some rural location.

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