Noted Urdu writer Mujtaba Hussain passes away

Renowned Urdu writer and satirist Mujtaba Hussain passed away at his residence in Hyderabad on Wednesday after a cardiac arrest, family sources told Maktoob.

He suffered a cardiac arrest, his elder son Hadi Hussain told Maktoob.

Hussain was 84 and is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

Hussain had more than 30 books and over 15 volumes of humor journalism, with many of them translated into Hindi, English, and other Indian languages.

Apne Yaad Mein, an autobiographical satire, Urdu ke sheher urdu ke log, Behar hal, Safar lakht lakh, and Mera Column are some of his notable works.

The account of his life has been published as a book by Educational Publishing House, New Delhi, titled Mujtaba hussain jaisa dekha jaisa paya, and they have also published another book, Mujtaba Hussain Ainon ke Beech, on his writing and creations.

The Siasat Daily, an Urdu-language Indian daily, has launched a dedicated website on Hussain, where 25 books totaling over 6500 pages of his writings are available for reading.

The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honor of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for his contributions to Urdu literature. However, he had returned it in December last year, saying he was not happy with the situation in the country.

He had said that the act of anti-minority violence was increasing day by day and democracy has come under threat in the country under Hindutva nationalists’ rule.

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