Audio podcast: Poetry as a form of dissent

 

Ashraf Engineer

November 25, 2020

Why do poetry and protest go hand in hand? What makes it such a powerful and effective form of dissent? We’ve seen it giving expression to the opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act, the trauma of brutalised Dalits and the despair of tribals displaced from their lands. In a delightful, lyrical conversation on the All Indians Matter podcast, poet Hussain Haidry explains why poetry resonates so strongly during mass movements, why it knows no boundaries and its cathartic nature during times of strife.