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Obituaries: 1-15 May 2002
48-year old stringer for the Voice of America and the Associated Press
QAISAR MIRZA of Kashmir died in a road accident in New Delhi on 13 April. In the field of journalism for over a decade, Mirza was based in Jammu and Kashmir. He had come to Delhi to visit his friends. While returning to J&K on 13 April from the Associated Press office in Jorbagh, New Delhi, he was hit by a taxi which led to his death. He is survived by mother, wife and three daughters.
The agency had sent Mirza last year to England to attend a specialized training course for journalists working in hostile environments whose lives are constantly at risk. The course was held in collaboration with the British Special Forces at Heckfield.
Famous in journalism circles for his hospitality Mirza was also known for his love for the visual medium and had also made several documentaries on Kashmir. His dream of making a film on his home state remained unfulfilled. His body was taken to his home state.
Poet elegia of Mahmoodabad Royal Court SARWAR MEHDI died after protracted illness in Lucknow’s Balrampur Hospital on 3 April. He was 50 years old and is survived by wife, three sons and two daughters. Sarwar Mehdi was an employee at Mahmoodabad Sugar Mill. He used to recite dirge songs and had established a unique status for his touching elegiac tone.
Present in the funeral were Raja Muhammad Amir Khan and former state deputy chief speaker Dr Ammar Rizvi who expressed deep sorrow over his demise.
Well known Urdu and Hindi litterateur and poet MUHAMMAD AHSAN KHAN ‘Sharar’ Balrampuri died on 4 April at the age of 75. He is survived by eight sons and three daughters. He was buried in his ancestral home in Balrampur. Sharar has left a vacuum behind. He was very much respected in his district Eta, UP. His literary works were often aired from Akashwani Agra. He will be remembered for his multi-coloured style of poetry which have created an atmosphere of communal harmony, unity and patriotism.
Well known progressive poet of Britain and President of Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Musannifin, Britain,
BAKHSH LAYALPURI died of cardiac arrest on 6 March. He was the brain behind Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu, Britain. He was buried in Britain.
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