Darshan Khatkar makes a comeback after 37 years
Naxalite Poet Khatkar Makes A Comeback
CHANDIGARH: Naxalite poet Darshan Khatkar has made a comeback on the literary scene after 37 years with the release of his second book of poems, ‘Ulte Rukh Parwaaz’ (Flight against the wind).
The book was released here on Sunday in the presence of academicians and old-time activists of Punjab’s Left movement.
Back in 1973, Khatkar, a con temporary of poets Paash and Sant Ram Udasi, had penned ‘Sangi Saathi‘, which had created ripples in the Punjabi literary world. Khatkar had been arrested in the 1970.s as an activist of the Naxalite movement in Punjab. He has remained politically active thereafter. He is the Punjab secretary of the CPI-ML (New Democracy), a Communist wing with a ‘deep-red’ ideology.
‘Loki udd rahe hawaa de rukh, saadi ulte rukh parwaaz hai,je digge taa patthar haan meel de,je bache taa ambar vallgaye’ (People fly with the wind, we fly against the wind; we are milestones if we fall, and fly into the sky if we survive) these lines from one’ of his poems drew applause from the audience.
Themes of his poems include invasion of market forces, class struggle and female foeticide.
Veteran journalist Dr Prem Singh, former editor of Desh Sewak; Prof Raunki Ram from Panjab University and Dr Gur Iqbal Singh were among the intellectuals who applauded Khatkar’s works.