Indian Lyricist Rahat Indori dies of heart attack; was tested positive for COVID-19

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Renowned Urdu poet Dr. Rahat Indori died of an immense heart attack at Indore’s Hospital on Tuesday. His son, poet Satlaj Indori informed, “He suffered two heart attacks today and could not be saved.” According to Dr. Vinod Bhandari, director of Sri Aurbindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS), he was admitted to hospital on Sunday, after testing positive for Covid-19. He had 60% pneumonia.

Noted poet suffered three consecutive cardiac arrests and lost the battle of life after two successive cardiac arrests as he was stabilized after the first attack.
According to ANI, he was admitted to hospital on Sunday for his treatment after testing COVID-19 positive. He also had 60% pneumonia.

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Rahat Indori informed the public about his positive coronavirus test and asked them to pray for his quick recovery. “After initial symptoms of COVID-19, my coronavirus test was done yesterday which came out positive. Pray that I defeat this disease as soon as possible,” reads his last post.

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He was 70-year-old while having a 50-year career in poetry. “Sabhi ka Khoon hai Shamil yahan ki mitti mein; Kisi ke baap ka Hindustan thodi hai (Everybody’s blood mingles in the soil here; Hindustan does not belong solely to any one),” is one of his most powerful couplets that got popular during the anti-CAA-NRC protests.

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His other most famous lyrics were “Chori Chori Jab Nazrein Mili” from Kareeb, “M Bole Toh” from Munnabhai MBBS, “Dil ko hazar baar Roka” from Murder and “Bumbro Bumbro” from Mission Kashmir.

Earlier this year, social media was flooded with the memes using his one of his poems’ opening lines, “Bulati hai magar jane ka nahi.

Poet Gulzar called him a mushaira while saying, “Mushaira loot ke le gaye is a saying in Urdu. Toh Rahat saab mushairon ke lootere the (he stole the thunder at symposiums).”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi mourned the death of the poet while tweeting a couplet in Hindi.

Further, author Rana Safvi, lyricist Javed Akhtar and many others paid tribute to the eminent poet, painter and Bollywood lyricist.

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Himanshi Aggarwal
Aspiring Journalist

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