Rich tributes paid to Urdu journalist Parwana Rudaulvi

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New Delhi, Apr 24 (UNI) Rich tributes were paid to Parwana Rudaulvi, the doyen of Urdu journalism, columnist and prolific writer, with speakers hailing his immense contributions to Urdu journalism and literature at a function at the Press Club here today.

Press Club President Rahul Jalali said Rudaulvi was not only an illustrious signature of Urdu language but also represented its rich culture.

Recalling his association with him since the days when they worked at the AIR's Urdu Service, he said Mr Rudaulvi had earned a reputation for calling a spade a spade.

All India Urdu Editors Conference Secretary Massom Muradabadi said the veteran journalist believed in teaching the nuances of journalism to the aspiring scribes.

Rudaulvi died on April 12 in a Delhi Hospital at the age 74.

In her condolence message, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said Urdu journalism had suffered an irreparable loss in his demise.

Born in 1933, he began his career as a Reporter the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He left the job to join Nai Duniya and later launched an Urdu daily SIYASAT-E-NAU from Kanpur, which discontinued its publication in 1957. He worked for sometime with Hindustan, Bombay to rejoin Nai Duniya as its Executive Editor.

He also worked with papers like Dawat, Delhi, Mulk-O-Millat, Delhi and Qaaed, Lucknow, as its Resident Editor.

Rudaulvi joined Pratap, New Delhi and worked for it for about 22 years, till 1990. He was also Executive Editor of the leading Urdu daily Awam, New Delhi He was President of Hum Hindustani, an organisation working for communal harmony, and General Secretary, Delhi Writers Forum. He was also a member of the Governing Council of Urdu Academy, Delhi and worked as Urdu news bulletin compiler-cum- news reader for Radio Kashmir.

Among his books are Urdu Sahafat Ka Isteghasa (research work), 'Jonk' (collection of short stories), Nijat Ka Rasta (moral values), Hoo-ba-Hoo (Sketches of contemporary writers, poets and journalists), Aazmaish (novel), Veeranai Nahin Jaati (novel), Karbala Se Koofey Tak (history), Shah Nama e Karbala (long poem), Spain Se Bosnia Tak (history) and Jalianwala Bagh Ka Hero (Urdu translation).

Rudaulvi was conferred Aalami Urdu Award for Lifetime Achievements in Journalism by Delhi Urdu Akademi, the UP Urdu Akademi Award for short stories and R K Dalmia Award for National Harmony.

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