2020 struck again on Tuesday, with renowned poet Rahat Indori passing away in Madhya Pradesh. He had been admitted to Shri Aurobindo Hospital with COVID-19.
Rahat Indori had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to Aurobindo hospital, Madhya Pradesh. Indori had gone through the COVID-19 test after experiencing initial symptoms of the disease. In his last tweet, he had appealed to the people to pray for his health so that he wins over the disease.
The well-known Urdu poet had also penned lyrics for several Bollywood songs. Recently, his poem titled 'Bulati Hai Magar Jaane Ka Nahi….’ became the inspiration for many meme makers amid the pandemic and social distancing. Even Mumbai Police's official Twitter handle had used the catchphrase for a social distancing advisory. However, it was ahead of Valentines Day 2020 that the first two lines of the poem had gone viral on the internet. While several netizens shared memes and jokes about being single, others had used Indori's popular shayari to urge guys to avoid Valentines Day celebrations.
His demise seems to have blindsided many. The news has plunged many into mourning and condolences continue to pour in from all quarters. Many have taken to their social media accounts to remember the lyricist and poet. While some put out "rest in peace" messages, others reflected upon their favourite quotes from among his works, often sharing video links.
Many shocked fans also railed against 2020, that has, along with COVID-19 and natural disasters brought with it the deaths of many celebrated icons.
Poet Dr Kumar Vishwas, taking to his twitter handle said, "Oh God ! Very sad! Such a stunted life and such a rippling word-ocean would leave in such a silence, never thought! A very lively fellow of my shayari and my favorite poetry of poetry life went out of hand."
Shocked on the sudden demise of Rahat, actor Jaaved Jafferi, taking to the micro blogging site, said,” One of the most powerful, prolific and inspiring poets of India passes on. Inna lillaahe wa inna elaihi raaje’oon (from God we have come and to Him is our return) Salaam and RIP #RahatIndori sahab. You will be missed. Heartfelt condolences to the family.”
“Afwaah thi ki meri tabiyat kharaab hai Logon ne pooch pooch ke beemaar kar diya. Do gaz sahi magar ye meri milkiyat toh hai Ay maut, tune mujhko zamindaar kar diya,” wrote Jaaved Jaaferi in another tweet.
“Rahat Saheb’s demise is an irreparable loss for contemporary urdu poetry and our society at large. Like Habib Jalib he was from the fast disappearing tribe of poets who are never short of courage to call a spade a spade,” said famous lyricist Javed Akhtar.