Ali Sardar Jafri Poems

Ali Sardar Jafri Poems,Ali Sardar Jafri’s life spanned most of the 20th century and he was a multi-award winning Indian poet, writing in Urdu, while also working as a literary critic and occasional lyricist for the Indian film industry. Because of his strong political activities he got on the wrong side of the university authorities while studying at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) during the 1930s, and was expelled.

He courted further controversy during the Second World War when he was arrested for writing anti-war poems. Despite his early difficulties he went on to become one of his country’s greatest poets, being one of the founder member of the Progressive Writers’ Association in 1936.



Ali Sardar Jafri Bio

Ali Sardar Jafri was born on the 29th November, 1913 into an aristocratic family. He spent his early years in Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh. He was well educated at school, going on to the AMU in 1933. There was a strong undercurrent of Communist ideology at this university and Jafri bought into that movement straight away. Such political leanings were frowned upon though and he was expelled after three years for his activities. He managed to secure a place at the Zakir Husain College, part of the University of Delhi, and completed his studies there.

Controversy continued to follow him though when he had to cut short his post-grad studies at Lucknow University due to his being arrested. He was the Secretary of the Student Union there and led fellow students in anti-war political activity whilst writing a number of inflammatory poems himself during the period 1940-41. The ruling imperial forces saw him as a trouble maker and he was imprisoned a number of times, but none of this stopped him. His reputation as a talented and patriotic poet was growing and his popularity amongst the masses was undeniable.

His first collection of poetry was published in 1943 and called Parwaz. He was experimenting with form and imagery and when he published again, five years later, the book was an allegorical single, long poem called Nai duniya ko salaam. Following the granting of independence to India he published a number of other collections of poetry, spanning the period 1949 to 1978.

Ali Sardar Jafri died on the 1st August 2000, aged 86.


 Ali Sardar Jafri Poems


Ali Sardar Jafri Poems


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