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Dr. DHARAMENDRA NATH, noted Urdu poet, author, promoter of Urdu, author of about 20 books (including 4 anthologies of poems), 3 times member of Urdu Academy’s Governing Council and son of veteran Urdu poet, (late) Gopi Nath ‘Aman’ died in Delhi on 24 September at the age of 83 years. Hamaray Rasool (Our Prophet) is considered among his most important books which runs into about 1000 pages and in which he has included selected ‘naats’ (poems, ghazals in praise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)) by non-Muslim Urdu poets of the country which was published by Iran Culture House New Delhi and for which he was honoured with an Award by Iran. Among his other important books areTarikh-e Husain, Aaina dar Aaina. He had graduated with Honours in Political Science from Jamia Millia Islamia when Prof. Mujib was its VC.
ANEES JAMAYEE, former chairman of UNI Urdu Service and Delhi’s noted journalist and social worker died in Delhi on 19 September at the age of 63 years. He was a kidney patient and had been ill for some time.He was associated with UNI’s Urdu service from its very inception for about 21 years and retired in 2013, after which he devoted himself for social service and promotion of Urdu. He had deep knowledge of religious affairs and was also a member of Delhi Jama Masjid’s Advisory Committee. He leaves behind two sons and one daughter. (See below)
MAULANA MUFTI MUHAMMAD ZAHOOR NADWI, former deputy rector and manager of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow, religious scholar and Islamic jurist died on 25th September at his residence in Lucknow at the age of about 88 yeas. Born in 1927 in a zamindar family of Azamgarh’s Mubarakpur town, his early education was in Madrasa Reyazul Uloom and came to Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow in 1944 and remained associated with it for a long time. He leaves behind four sons and four daughters.
FARZAND AHMAD, senior journalist (of English) and advisor to the UP government died in Lucknow on 2 October at the age of 68 years. He was a patient of cancer and was confined to bed for about two months. Hailing from Bihar, he started his journalistic career in UNI’s Patna office and thereafter serving in Kolkata’s Telegraph and subsequently India Today group, from where he retired as senior editor. He had also worked as Information Commissioner of Bihar government. UP governor Ram Naek and chief minster Akhilesh Yadav expressed their deep sorrow at his death. CM, Yadav while paying tributes to him said that he enriched the world of journalism with the power of his pen and his death is a great loss to the world of journalism. He leaves behind one son and one daughter. He was laid to rest at Aish Bagh graveyard. (See below)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2016 on page no. 12

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