Rafiq Shadani was an Indian poet and satirist who wrote in the Awadhi, Urdu and Hindi languages. He was considered a humorist, and often infused folk-themes with satirical political humour. He authored 13 books of humorous poetry.
Rafiq Shadani's family was from Mumtaznagar, Faizabad district, Uttar Pradesh state in North-Central India, but he was born in Burma in March 1934 where his father, Imamuddin, was a merchant of tobacco, oil and perfume. He began composing and reading his humor poetry at Mushairas (poetry meets) beginning in 1962. A car accident in Bahraich proved fatal and he died on 9 February 2010.
- Politically Incorrect! Political satire in Urdu poetry, Vikas Datta, 1 Feb 2015, The Free Press Journal
- Fools of the world unite in Kanpur, 27 Nov 2001, The Times of India
- लोगों के दिलों में अभी भी जिंदा हैं रफीक शादानी ("Rafiq Shadani, still alive in people's hearts"), Prahari Post
- बिन सियाही के जइसन कलम जिंदगी ("Life, like a pen out of ink"), 8 Feb 2012, Dainik Jagran