Urdu scholar Mohammad Hasan passes away
New Delhi | Sunday, Apr 25 2010 IST
Eminent Urdu scholar and progressive thinker Mohammad Hasan passed away last night in a private hospital in Delhi, where he was under treatment for past few days. He was 84.
The body of Professor Emeritus and former Chairperson of Centre of Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi was laid to rest in Delhi Gate Graveyard today in the presence of large number of writers, scholars and Urdu literature lovers. Wreaths on the body were placed on behalf of CIL, JNU, Urdu Akademi Delhi and Aiwan-e-Ghalib, Delhi. Prof Hasan joined JNU in 1974, in the early days of setting up of the Centre of Indian Languages and was the its second chairperson from 1977 to 1979. He has authored and edited nearly 75 books in Urdu and English. He was a most respected critic of Urdu, apart from being novelist and playwright. He is known for his books on Urdu poets Ghalib and Iqbal. He edited a prominent literary quarterly 'Asri Adab' in Urdu. He also wrote history of Hindi literature in Urdu. He was made Professor Emeritus after his retirement. Chairperson of Centre of Indian languages Chaman Lal expressed deep sorrow at the loss of the great personality of not only JNU or Urdu literature, but of Indian literature as a whole.
The Centre will hold a memorial meeting in the School of Languages, literature and culture, JNU tomorrow.
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