‘Aag’ & renaissance of Urdu journalism in Lucknow

Aag is the latest broadsheet Urdu daily to hit stands in Lucknow. Priced at just Re 1, the 12 page newspaper has taken the Urdu-speaking populace by storm.

With Urdu press already witnessing a renaissance in Uttar Pradesh, after the Rashtriya Sahara established itself as the leading paper, and many other quality papers, Aag has only intensified the fight.

Aag was a small newspaper but was recently bought by a Shia society that has put crores in the paper. Now it is an attractive and complete newspaper. Compared to Sahara that has 8 pages, Aag is a 12-page paper that brings out colourful supplements. The earlier owner Ahmed Ibrahim Alvi is the editor.

Just six-seven years ago Urdu journalism was gasping for breath in Lucknow after Qaumi Awaz ceased publication. Only Sahafat and In Dinon were the two newspapers left. One was a six page paper and the other a four page daily. But now the City has at least ten Urdu daily newspapers including:

Rashtriya Sahara, Aag, Qaumi Khabrein, Sahafat, Waris-e-Awadh, In Dinon, Eqdaam, Jadeed Amal and a few other small ones. Also Siasat (Kanpur) has a visibility in the City. This has suddenly turned Lucknow into a vibrant city for Urdu readers.

The impact of so many papers and the competition is that the circulation and readership has increased dramatically. The newspapers are not shying away from writing hard stories like the series by Aman Abbas against the local clergy that has only kept Muslims divided on sectarian lines.

After Sahara group put money in Urdu journalism and succeeded, other groups have realised that a newspaper is more about power and influence in public than a money-making instrument.

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  1. [...] Indscribe points to the revival of Urdu journalism in Uttar Pradesh. Just six-seven years ago Urdu journalism was gasping for breath in Lucknow after Qaumi Awaz ceased publication. But now the City has at least ten Urdu daily newspapers Posted by bhupinder [...]

  2. respected sir,
    i live in unnao city and i am very much impressed from your urdu news paper and i want to sell your news paper in unnao city so irequest u to make me a part of your paper sir i want the agency of this news paper please reply on above mail address i will be waiting for your message
    thankyou

  3. Dear Sir,
    I am a resident of Gurgaon in Sectir-22B and in spite of my repeated reminder with the Newspaer Agent, I am not getting Urdu Rashtrya Sahara Newspaper.
    Please let me know if I can be subscriber for this newspaper.
    A.H. Siddiqui, 679, Sector-22B, Gurgaon-122 016
    Tel.No. 0124-4018965
    EMail: anees_siddiqui2003@yahoo.com

  4. I impress your urdu daily newspaper. I read this news paper daily.

  5. i want to correct the version that a shia society is bringing out Urdu Daily AAG because it is a secular paper. The owner of the paper is a society named True Media Indian Communication Limited. It has nothing to do with religion, cast, creed and sect. i appreciate the idea that a newspaper should be secular AAG has 4 pages in hindi also, now it is a paper of 16 pages.

  6. pls starts online urdu newspapers in lucknow b’cas urdu language motherland is lucknow…so i request to u for this……..

  7. aag can be a good urdu daily newspaper and none can match but its editor is not capable and he is a story writer only not a true journalist especially main stream journalist.

  8. for send me magazine.
    my address :
    SYED MOHD TAQI RIZVI
    S/o SYED MOHD NAQI RIZVI
    VILLAGE & P.O. JAULY SADAT
    DISTT. MUZAFFARNAGAR
    U.P. INDIA (251308)

  9. Aaa, Rashtriye Sahara and Sahafat remarkbly done alot for fulfilment of Urdu Journalism in Lucknow,but the poor circulation of urdu newspaper suffers the work done by these group.
    We have to thankful to Mr Amaan Abbas,Mr.Ahmed Ibrahim Alvi & Mr Mushtaq Pardesi that due to their Efforts Urdu Journalism is alive in Lucknow,other wise the new generation can”t see Urdu Newspapers.
    Before Commenting any body we first see what we have done for urdu journalism,we read hindi and english newspaper and critsize urdu journalist.
    working for Urdu Media is not so easy in this competitive environment.
    Ahmad Mubeen
    M.Phil(Journalism)
    Journalist,Hardoi

  10. Dear Ibrahim Sahib, ASAK

    Please send me your direct e-mail address and phone numbers. It appears that my e-mails to you are going into cyberspace.

    Zafar Iqbal
    Washington, USA
    301-540-7636
    raabta_india@yahoo.com

  11. Can someone please give me the contact numbers of the editors and or offices of Aag and Sahafat and any other urdu newspapers. This is regarding articles on women that can be written for them.

  12. I am a resident of Lucknow.Very fond of reading the newspaper Aag.As every morning after offering namaz I begin my day by reading this newspaper.Now I am in Canada and really miss this newspaper here.

  13. Daily AGG is a great urdu news paper.

  14. I am a resident of Lucknow,Malihabad. Now I am in U.S.A.I write urdu poetry and short stories.I really like to publish my stories and poetry.please reply

  15. How can we read AAG in pakistan ?Do u have online edition somewhere?Thanx Qaseem Siddqui Karachi/Pakistan

  16. Hi,we are Hashir n Areeb (twin brother) from Karachi.We request editor of AAG to place Kids section online,coz we’re far from Lucknow.
    Regards & love to all kids/twins in india

  17. Dear Editor Aag..ASAK
    Arrange to supply Aag in Sultanpur UP:Regards

  18. AAG is a leading Urdu Daily from Lucknow. It is true that after the Quami Awaz, Urdu readers were not getting any standard Newspaper in Urdu, from Lucknow. In a very short time, it has become popular due to its contents, look, and price (Re. 1/-). Now apart from AAG, there are other Urdu daily Newspapers which prove quality contents, and got the readership in Lucknow and neighbouring districts. Mostly Sahara is the paper reaching to remote locations. However, Sahafat and Avadhnama r also equally popular. Sahafat has four editions viz. Lucknow, Delhi, Dehradoon, and Mumbai. Avadhnama is another leading Newspaper which is being published from Lucknow, Faizabad, Azamgarh, and Aligarh. Avadhnama is the the only Urdu daily from U.P., which is available online. So the users sitting at far places can get the News related to these areas on internet (www.avadhnama.com).

  19. Dear Sir/mam,
    Kindly arrange to deliver complementary AAG to my shop regularly.Aag is a nice paper for people who love urdu irrespective of nay cast/religion/state.God bless you!

    Khaleeq Ahmed
    Kohinoor Tailors
    Jama Masjid,Chowk
    Distt:Sultanpur UP

  20. Dear Editor Aag,
    Kindly arrange to deliver Aag to my Tailoring Shop In distt Sultanpur UP.
    Add:Kohinoor Tailros
    Jama Masji,Chowk Sultanpur India

  21. Dear Mr.Editor,

    Pls.do provide me the link of your newspaper
    so that i could acess it through internet.

    Thanks
    Regards
    Syed Asghar

  22. respected alvi saheb
    in urdu journalism your urdu news paper”aag”
    is the mile stone in this century

  23. “THE LAST WHIMPER OF A ROYAL LANGUAGE”THE LANGUAGE
    WHICH WAS BORN IN INDIA IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING
    UPROOTED WITH THE SEEDS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BEING
    SOWN.
    The language which was once the darling of masses
    is gradally losing its beauty & grace in this world
    of materialism.
    khursheed hayat.
    qr.no:16/3
    new n.e.colony
    BILASPUR(C.G)495004
    MOB:09752475934

  24. I need ‘Aag’at my Karachi address.kindly make an arrangement as early as possible.We here in Pakistan like to urdu from Lucknow.Regards:shehla karachi/Pakistan

  25. hi this is abhishek i want make your website if not u have , i have good solution of e-newspaper etc contact me 09335210026 for more details

  26. Commendable effort indeed!what is needed now focusing more on developmental issues that still remain a major challenge before majority of Indian Muslims. Instead of focusing on communal rhetoric retrospective is needed what purpuse institutions like Waq Board, Madarsa Board,Minority Commission and affluent muslims have done to facilitate the growth and development of the marginalised community

  27. INDIAN MUSLIM CLERICS – WE NEED CHANGE
    ( LIKE USA did it 200 Years BEFORE )

    ATT: SHAHI IMAM OF JAMA MASJID
    JAMIATE-ULAM-I-HIND
    JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI
    MAULANA WAHIDUDDIN SAHEB
    =============================
    PRAYER : TO STOP SPEAKING AGAINST/OR IN FAVOUR OF
    TERRORISM………… because : from one side
    You are proud of Freedom of this Country and from other
    Side you become SCAPE-GOATS …………
    Why we do not remember How Indians were used
    Against Turkish Army and Germany Army during
    World War II. And now Pakistan is Used in the same
    WAY ………let us be wise enough……
    and SAY very Clearly
    ……One who created Terror-ism and Compelled
    Innocent People to become TERRORIST …. It is their
    JOB TO HAVE SOLUTION ……… this is all because
    Any disease is curable only once you find the cause of
    DISEASE…………. We have nothing to do …..

    What we speak now in 2100 century , Israelis have
    Discussed it 200 years before ??? we can not easily
    Understand all these tricks

    JAMIATUL-ULAMA-HIND SPENT MILLIONS AND BILLIONS BEFORE LAST GENERAL ELECTION IN INDIA
    RAISING UN-NECCESSARY SLOGAN …….. kindly
    Use these amount better to clean Roads because it
    Is PART of our 50% Faith ??

    Regards
    Mohammed ali BAIG/Parsaiyan
    Economist
    Turkish Translator
    Hockey Player
    Baig_ali2000@yahoo.co.in

  28. I HAVE A REQUEST TO MAKE.I’M SURE WE ALL AGREE TO THE POINT THAT OUR’S IS THE ONLY SECULAR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHICH ACCEPTS DIFFERENT RELIGIONS OF OUR COUNTRY
    BE IT HINDUISM,CHRISTIANITY,ISLAM ,SIKHISM,JAINISM.HOWEVER KENDRIYA VIDHYALAYA’S OF INDIA WHERE CHILDREN COME AND STUDY FROM ALL OVER INDIA FROM VARIOUS RELIGIONS PRACTICE THINGS DIFFERENTLY.CHILDREN OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS HAVE TO SING RELIGIOUS SANSKRIT MANTRA’S SHLOKAS OF HINDUISM WHICH INCLUDE WORDS LIKE OM/OMSHANT/ASATOMASADGAMAYATHAMASOMAJYOTIRGOMAYA/MRITYORMA AMRUTAM ETC ETC WHICH IS VERY WRONG AND INAPPROPRIATE.I HOPE YOU DO SOME THING TO BRING A POSITIVE CHANGE WHERE A NATIONAL SONG CAN BE SUNG INSTEAD OF A RELIGIOUS MANTRA OF A PARTICULAR RELIGION.I DO RESPECT ALL RELIGIONS BUT WOULD PRACTICE MY OWN RELIGION AS WOULD ANY HUMAN BEING WOULD WANT TO.ITS VERY DISTURBING AS PARENTS TO SEE OUR CHILDREN SINGING SANSKRIT MANTRA’S/SHLOKAS EVERY DAY IN THE MORNING ASSEMBLY .KINDLY DO THE NEEDFUL IF YOU CAN.PLEASE REMEMBER THIS MAIL SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN NEGATIVELY.THANK YOU VERY MUCH.I WOULD BE EAGERLY WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE THROUGH MY MAIL ID.

  29. HELLO I HAVE A REQUEST TO MAKE.I’M SURE WE ALL AGREE TO THE POINT THAT OUR’S IS THE ONLY SECULAR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHICH ACCEPTS DIFFERENT RELIGIONS OF OUR COUNTRY
    BE IT HINDUISM,CHRISTIANITY,ISLAM ,SIKHISM,JAINISM.HOWEVER KENDRIYA VIDHYALAYA’S OF INDIA WHERE CHILDREN COME AND STUDY FROM ALL OVER INDIA FROM VARIOUS RELIGIONS PRACTICE THINGS DIFFERENTLY.CHILDREN OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS HAVE TO SING RELIGIOUS SANSKRIT MANTRA’S SHLOKAS OF HINDUISM WHICH INCLUDE WORDS LIKE OM/OMSHANT/ASATOMASADGAMAYATHAMASOMAJYOTIRGOMAYA/MRITYORMA AMRUTAM ETC ETC WHICH IS VERY WRONG AND INAPPROPRIATE.I HOPE YOU DO SOME THING TO BRING A POSITIVE CHANGE WHERE A NATIONAL SONG CAN BE SUNG INSTEAD OF A RELIGIOUS MANTRA OF A PARTICULAR RELIGION.I DO RESPECT ALL RELIGIONS BUT WOULD PRACTICE MY OWN RELIGION AS WOULD ANY HUMAN BEING WOULD WANT TO.ITS VERY DISTURBING AS PARENTS TO SEE OUR CHILDREN SINGING SANSKRIT MANTRA’S/SHLOKAS EVERY DAY IN THE MORNING ASSEMBLY .KINDLY DO THE NEEDFUL IF YOU CAN.PLEASE REMEMBER THIS MAIL SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN NEGATIVELY.THANK YOU VERY MUCH.I WOULD BE EAGERLY WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE THROUGH MY MAIL ID.

  30. WHEN R U STARTING YOUR TAMILNADU EDITION?

  31. Websites of urdu newspapers published from Lucknow:
    1. Sahara: Sahara Main Site and Sahara ePaper

    2. Aag: Aag Main Site and Aag ePaper

    3. Sahafat: Sahafat

    4. Awadhnama:Avadhnama

    5. Iqdaam: Iqdaam

    (I do not claim that this is an exhaustive list)

  32. please help me.

  33. I STRUGGLE 18 YEARS AGAINST RSS PEOPLE ( AS A CANCER PATIENT) to safe guard my shop at PREET VIHAR
    A BLOCK SHOPPING CENTER .DELHI 110092.INDIA

    MY SHOP OCCUPIED BY THEM IN DEC 1992

    WHEN I BECOME SUCCESSFUL
    any MUSLIM

    SPECIALLY SHOAIB IQBAL MLA JAMA MASJID/ HIS BROTHERS
    ORGANISED AGAINST ME/ (THEY WERE ASKING EXTORTION MONEY)
    WHEN I REFUSED ( among them were many muslims organised against me they were also activist KNOWN AS FREEDOM fighter of BABRI MOSQUE demolished in 1992)???
    THEY STOOD AGAINST ME AND HELPED RSS PEOPLE
    I AGAIN FELT IN LITIGATION ?????
    ========================================
    KINDLY PUBLISH REAL BACK GROUND OF MUSLIMS AS a WHOLE
    IN COMMERCIAL MATTERS MUSLIMS ARE ALWAYS LIKE THIS
    and Prophet Muhammed (SAV) was very
    angry with such people who were not FAIR /Honest and were going for JIHAD ??
    ==========================
    MY REAL GRANDPA WAS FAMOUS
    as Cotton King (shown in Hindi film “what’s your Rashi) Gujarat ??palace
    belongs to my real grandpa ..was also
    known as
    shipping king

    He was the only Indian Muslim who sold his property in Pakistan and settled in India

    was known as : Haji Suleyman Mitwani AKBOATWALE
    ===================
    during hajj he used to take Indian Muslims free of cost to Makkah
    but when they used to come back from Hajj Pilgrimage
    they used to work as British Police Informers
    against my family
    ==============
    God has shown them result it is before every one

    we still the face same
    i never imagined that we would still face the same again and again
    when I come back
    from USA ??
    ========================
    with best regards

    Mohammed Ali BAIG Parsaiyan
    Economist
    Turkish Translator
    Hockey Player
    Baig_ali2000@yahoo.co.in
    Baig_ali2020@otmail.com

    0 971 86 0 86 56
    0989 201 2592

  34. Aaj ke(23) ke hindirozname men dr Sabiha ka bahut zabardast tafseeli interview shaya hua hai use jald hi reproduce karwaiye. Paper ka naamJansandesh times hai

  35. Its most amazing as also beyond any one’s comprehension as to why U dont prefer to include religious writings in your daily.

  36. DEAR SIR,
    IAM HIGHLY OBLIGED BY YOUR NEWSPAPERS WORK ON THE MUSLIM NEWS IF YOU GIVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS PRIVATE SECTOR IT WOULD BE OF GREAT HELP TO THE MUSLIM YOUTH

  37. RAMESH CHANDRA SHUKLA,P.E.S.
    DIRECTOR,SKY VALLEY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL,POKHARPUR,KANPUR-208010
    Dear Sir,
    I have gone through your daily newspaper’ AAG’ which really fulfills all the norms of a newspaper in true sense of the term.
    In fact, I was The Joint Director of Education in Uttrakhand and great supporter of Urdu language.Here,in this School,we have Urdu and Arabian languages and are being taught to our students too.
    Pl. send a copy of “AAG” to my school library by post for we will be highly obliged .Thanking you.

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