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Josh Foundation for civil award to revolutionary poet

ISLAMABAD: The Josh Adabi Foundation on Monday called for granting a civil award and naming an avenue in the federal capital for acknowledging the services of revolutionary poet, Josh Maleehabadi.

Talking to APP on Monday, a grandson of Josh Maleehabadi, Farrukh Maleehabadi, said the Foundation had repeatedly sent requests to higher authorities but no action had been taken. “The requests were not considered for granting an award or naming any avenue in the city to my grandfather who contributed ghazals and poems in Urdu literature,” he said. He said the foundation had also sent a request to the Sindh governor for granting a civil award to Josh Maleehabadi. Farrukh has written a book titled `Josh Meray Baba’, presenting a detailed picture of Josh’s life.

He has highlighted different aspects of Josh’s personality in the book. A national literary conference is being arranged by Josh Adabi Foundation in connection with the 30th death anniversary of Josh Maleehabadi tomorrow. The conference will be arranged in collaboration with the Josh Memorial Committee and the National Language Authority (NLA). Iftikhar Arif, Agha Nasir, Shabnam Sakeel, Mansoor Aqil, Dr Rawish Nadeem and Dr Yahya Ahmad will read papers on the life and work of Josh Maleehabadi. Dr Muhammad Ali Siddiqui, and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Fareedullah Khan will be the guests of honour. MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar will also attend the event.

Josh Maleehabadi (1894-1982), a noted Urdu poet born in British India, was an Indian citizen until 1958, when he emigrated to Pakistan and became a Pakistani citizen. He wrote ghazals and nazms under the takhallus `Josh’ literally “Passion” or “Intensity”.

Source: Daily Times