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Anjuman Falaah-e Adeeb wa Sahafi formed

New Delhi: A meeting of prominent poets, authors, journalists and intellectuals was held in Delhi’s Urdu Ghar on 5 April to consider the ways and means of providing financial and medical assistance to senior litterateur Izhaar Asar who lost his eye sight two years ago and is completely helpless now.

Among those who were present in this meeting were Safdar Husain Khan chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission; Merajuddin, former minister of UP; Prof. Siddiqur Rahman Qidwai, secretary of Ghalib Institute; Dr. Khaleeq Anjum, Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu-e Hind’s general secretary; Dr. Nigar Azeem, fiction writer, Prof. Aslam Parvez and many others. With mutual agreement a committee ‘Anjuman Falaah-e Adeeb wa Sahafi’ was constituted to help him in all possible ways.

Prof. Siddiqur Rahman Qidwai contacted Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad for this purpose who assured him that all possible help will be provided to him (Izhaar Asar) and that best medical treatment would also be provided to him. It may be stated that Izhaar Asar, now 84, is the author of about a thousand serial detective stories and novels (published in the form of a book Jaasoosi Duniya several decades ago), at least three books based on scientific stories and articles besides being a poet, dramatist and actor. He lost his eyesight almost completely about two years ago and ever since that time his literary life has come to a stop. At this advanced age obviously he is also not keeping well.

Though he is getting a monthly pension of Rs 5000 from Delhi Urdu Academy, it is considered too insufficient in view of his deteriorating health, almost total visual disability and other needs. Though this meeting was held primarily to consider ways and means for providing help to Izhaar Asar, it was pointed out that there may be many other Urdu men of letters and journalists also who may be at the twilight of their life and must be in need of financial, medical and other help.

So, keeping their case also in mind Anjuman Falaah-e Adeeb wa Sahafi was constituted. As regards the provision of finance, Safdar Husain Khan, Chairman of DMC said that he will provide all possible help for this. It was also agreed in this meeting that Delhi Urdu Academy, NCPUL etc. may be requested to set apart, from their annual budget, a special fund for this purpose. It was also agreed that HRD ministry, PM Manmohan Singh and other philanthropists and organisations may be approached for procurement of finance for the Anjuman.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 22

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