Tributes, condolences pour in for Urdu scholar Gopi Chand Narang
The Urdu world, including Jamia Millia Islamia fraternity, expressed its grief when news broke on the social media day ago that eminent Urdu scholar Gopi Chand Narang, who also taught at Jamia, passed away at 91 in the US.
Born in February 11, 1931 in Dukki, a town in Balochistan in British India (now Pakistan), Narang did his post graduation in Urdu from the University of Delhi.
Narang joined Jamia as a professor in 1974. Before that he taught in other universities as well.
An Indian theorist, literary critic, and scholar who wrote in Urdu and English, he won several awards, including Padma Bhushan and Sahitya Akademi Awards.
He published several books and was a well-known face in the Urdu world.
Also, Narang was vice-chairman of the Delhi Urdu Academy (1996-1999) and the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language – HRD (1998-2004) and vice-president (1998-2002) and president (2003-2007) of the Sahitya Akademi.
Jamia Urdu scholar Anwarul Haque wrote on his timeline some 14 hours ago: “It is hard to believe that my mentor, the greatest scholar of Urdu literature Prof Gopichand Narang is no more.”
Others too expressed their tributes to the great Urdu scholar on the social media.