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Idrees Dehlwi’s death a great loss for Urdu

Idrees Dehlwi, renowned and senior journalist, man of letters, editor of Urdu Shama and Hindi Sushma is no more. An epoch has come to an end and a chapter in magazine and digest journalism is closed. He was fighting the battle against cancer for the last two years and ultimately died on 20 November at the age of 68 years. He was very popular in Delhi’s literary circles and had won many awards in India, Pakistan and other countries. He played an important role in the growth and development of Urdu journalism and literature. The magazine Shama in itself has been a movement of Urdu which gave birth to a new tradition. The services rendered by him to Urdu through Shama cannot be forgotten. He was also a member of the Doordarshan Committee for selection of films. Initially, he started alongwith his family monthly Shama, weekly Aaina and children’s magazine Khilona. Later on, Shushma in Hindi joined this galaxy which during the 1960s and ‘70s had no parallel.

Many important personalities of the country, including the prime minister, paid him glowing tributes on his death. Prime Minister AB Vajpayee in his condolence message said that Idrees Dehlwi’s work in the field of journalism is praise-worthy and worth mentioning. Among many condolence meetings at different places, the one held at Urdu Ghar was presided over by the chairman of All-India Urdu Editors Conference, M Afzal who, in his condolence message, said that the closure of the Shama institution was already a big loss for Urdu world and Idrees Saheb’s death has made irreparable addition to this loss.

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