K. NARENDRA, veteran Urdu journalist died in Delhi after a brief illness on 27 October at the age of 96 years. Former Chief Editor of Urdu daily Pratap published from Delhi, he was a front rank leader of Arya Samaj Movement who wanted dominance of Hindus and Hinduism in India. He was rather biased against Muslims which was evident from his editorials and views. His last rites were performed on 28 October.
Maulana MAS’OOD AZHAR GHAURI, noted Urdu journalist, author and translator, died of heart attack in his home town Sultanpur (UP) on 28 October at the age of 61 years. Starting his journalistic career with Jamaat-e-Islami’s tri-weekly Dawat he worked in Saudi Arabian and South Yemen embassies for 25 years as English-Arabic translator. An author of about 60 books, only about half of his books have so far been published and the rest remain still unpublished. He published an abridged edition of Maulana Azad’s voluminous Tarjumanul Qur’an. In 2003 he was honoured with Delhi Urdu Academy’s ‘Best Translator’ Award. He is survived by wife, one son and four daughters.
ANISUL HAQ, former Deputy Secretary of Bihar government and an active member of Indian National Union died of heart attack in the first week of October at Patna. He was a man of many qualities and silent helper of poor and oppressed people, widows and orphans without any show or publicity. He had opened a school for girls education and used to pay the salaries of teachers out of his own income and also provided books, copies and other reading and writing materials to girl students free of cost.
Peerzada NASEEM AHMAD, a great scholar who had extensive knowledge of religion, politics and science died in a Dehradun hospital on 20 October. He was 70 and leaves behind his wife, three sons and five daughters.
ABDUL WAHAB ‘Naaz’ Nahtori, famous poet of humour and sarcasm, suddenly died on 21 October. Though his poetry was humorous, it contained at the same time elements of sarcasm on the practices and customs followed by people in society.