Ismat Chughtai: Google Dedicated ‘Doodle’ To Prominent Urdu Writer Who Faced Trial With Manto

Ankita Singh India

August 22nd, 2018 / 12:18 PM

Image Credits: New Indian Express

One of the most prominent female Urdu writers, who have explored feminine sexuality with her unconventional stories in the pre-partition era in India, was Ismat Chughtai. Born on  21 August 1915, her writings are quite evident of her observant style and expose the hidden gender inequalities prevalent in the Indian patriarchal setup. Given the status of a lady with iconoclastic ideas in that era, even Google paid a homage to this woman with an illustrative doodle. She has set an example for all the young feminists of the 21st century.

In her time, she was severely criticized for taking up issues that were labelled as obscene.  She even had to undergo trials for offending conservatives through her stories. Also, she often mentioned the heavy burden of modesty that women had been carrying which made her feel suffocated. Surely, her stories have been narrated to break such patterns and voice feminist issues. Her popular short story ‘Lihaaf (The Quilt)’ in which she presented her homosexual concerns in the social context of that age made her gain the tag of the scandalous writer. The cinematic adaptation of this story has been done by Deepa Mehta in her famous movie Fire (1996).

Chughtai has often been placed parallel to Manto, another stalwart writer of Urdu literature. Both these writers left an indelible imprint on the mind of their readers with their nuanced works using explicit imagery and witty words. Their works compel us to think about issues prevalent in Indian society for long and we could even find them resonating in contemporary times.

A member of the Progressive writer’s association, she struggled immensely to get recognition for her writings. In 1944, she faced trial along with Manto and it garnered media attention. Even after being criticized, she continued writing about what according to her was the truth of her time. Through her characters, she regarded the need for self-identity, personal space and freedom of expression for women in a rather male-centric society. She has been awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 for her commendable contribution to the oeuvre of Urdu writings.


Also Read: “Drop Cartoon, Carry Photo,” Cartoonist Alleges Censorship, Newspaper Calls It False Allegation


Contributors

Written by : Ankita Singh (Freelancer)

Edited by :

Related Stories

Election Results 2018

Election Result 2018: What Prominent Political Leaders Had To Say About It

Multilingual Groups India

90% Hindi & 80% Bengali Speakers Know Just One Language; Urdu Speakers Most Multilingual: Report

Google Plus Found Data breach

5 Lakh Users Data Exposed, Google To Shut Down Google+ Within The Next Ten Months

West Bengal Students Clash

WB: 2 Youths Died As Police Allegedly Open Fired At Students Protesting Urdu Teachers’ Recruitment

Chipko Movement

Chipko Movement Marks 45th Anniversary, Google Celebrates With Special Doodle

Asma Jahangir, The Prominent Pakistani Human Rights Activist, Has Passed Away; Know About Her

Latest on The Logical Indian

Legal

SC Orders Doctor To Plant 100 Trees For Attempting To Murder As A Juvenile In 2004

My Story

My Story:”With Every Trafficked Girl Rescued, I Feel My Late Husband Telling Me To Keep Fighting”

My Social Responsibility

This Delhi Man Gives Accident Victims Free Rides To Hospitals In The City’s Only ‘Auto Ambulance’

Opinion

Article 15: Bold Characters & Sharp Storytelling Mirror A Society In Despair

Opinion

Article 15: Bold Characters & Sharp Storytelling Mirror A Society In Despair

News

Assam Floods: At Least 11 Dead and 26 Lakh Affected Across 28 Districts

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.