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Obituaries: 16-30 April
DR ZIAUDDIN DESAI, a medieval archeological expert and former director of the Institute for Tribal Recognition of the Central Government, Nagpur died on 25 March in his native town Amedabad. He is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter. A literary figure of Persian language and literature Dr Zia was an expert of the cultural history of Medieval times. He had published the copies of Arabic and Persian archeological inscriptions of the entire country in the journal of the Institute. Hindustan Ki Qadeem Masajid (Old Mosques of India) and Aham Deeni Madaris (Important religious madrasas) are among his popular English books which have been also translated into Urdu and Hindi.
Poet Ustad ZAHEER AHMAD MUZTAR Mubarakpuri was buried in his ancestral graveyard in Bandari Bagh. He died on 30 March at the age of 70. He had been indisposed for sometime yet he continued poetry recitation. Haji Muhammad Yunus Ansari, deputy chairman of Samajwadi Party and secretary of Ashrafi Darul Mutala’a expressed deep sorrow over his demise and called it the end of a literary era. He further said that his poetry was popular in the entire Uttar Pradesh and his house is a symbol of his popularity whose walls are decorated with prizes and awards. Haji Yunus has also announced to himself organize a mushaira (poetic symposium) to pay tributes to the poet.
Social activist IMTIYAZ AHMAD SIDDIQUI of Samastipur, Bihar has died of heart attack. He was 45 and is survived by wife, three sons and five daughters. He was a railway employee at Samastipur division.
AGHA MUHAMMAD TAHIR, a popular teacher of Anglo Arabic School of New Delhi died on 25 March after a brief illness. A condolence meeting was held by the staffers of the school in which the speakers eulogized his educational services.