Death of Pakistan-born Indian critic, writer deprives Urdu literature of an eminent voice

Zubair Qureshi

Chairman, Pakistan Academy of Letters Dr Yousuf Khushk, has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the death of Pakistan-born Indian scholar of Urdu, a literary critic, ideologue and writer Prof. Gopi Chand Narang.

In his condolence message, the Chairman PAL said Prof. Gopi Chand Narang had done remarkable work on Ghalib, Mir Taqi Mir and later on Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Faraq Gorakhpuri.

He wrote more than 60 books in his career and did his best to keep the language above sectarianism. In addition, he wrote 10 books for children in English and Hindi entitled ‘Let’s Learn Urdu’.

While Prof. Gopi Narang received Padma Bhushan and Sahtia Academy Award in India, he had also been awarded many prizes and awards in Pakistan including Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2012.

Dt Khushk said that till a few months ago, Professor Gopi Narang was the President of Sahtia Academy, which is dedicated to the promotion of Indian literature in 24 languages of India.Dr. Yusuf Kushk said that with the demise of Prof. Gopi Narang, Urdu literature has lost an important writer.



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