Inqilabi shayari, also known as revolutionary poetry, is a genre of Urdu poetry that emerged in the early 20th century in the Indian subcontinent. It was a response to the social, political and economic upheavals of the time, particularly the Indian independence movement and the struggles of the working class.
Inqilabi poets used their poetry as a tool for social and political change, expressing their resistance against oppression, exploitation and injustice. They often wrote about the struggles of the working class, peasants and other marginalized communities, and emphasized the need for unity and solidarity among them.
Some of the most prominent Inqilabi poets include Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Sahir Ludhianvi, Ahmed Faraz and Habib Jalib. Their poetry continues to inspire generations of activists and revolutionaries in the region and beyond.
Inqilabi poetry is characterized by its use of simple and direct language, its emotional intensity and its ability to evoke a sense of collective struggle and resistance. Its themes and motifs include freedom, justice, equality and the struggle against imperialism, colonialism and capitalism.