ANWARUL HODA/ TIA
PATNA: Renowned Urdu author and critic Prof. Dr. Wahab Ashrafi passed away Sunday morning after a prolong illness at a local hospital here. He was 76.
He was suffering with various ailments for last two years. A pall of gloom spread over Urdu lover as the news of his death spread. Condolence message are pouring in from different part of the state and country.
After treatments at various hospitals in Patna, he was taken to Delhi. He was operated at a hospital in Gurgaon near Delhi and came back to Patna. But his condition improved little and within few days he was again admitted to hospital in Patna. He breathed his last this morning at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences.
He will be buried at his native village in Bibipur (Kako), Jehanabad, where he was born on 2nd June 1936.
Dr. Wahab Ashrafi wrote more than 3 dozen books, some ran to five to ten editions. One of his major literary achievements is “History of world literature” in 8 volumes.
He was one of the editor of Birla Foundation’s “Encyclopaedia Indiana”. K.M.Garg’s famous “Comparative Indian Literature” also includes his 2 full length research papers. He was also co-editor of literary magazine “Commitment” published from London.
He was recipient of many prestigious awards including Ghalib Award in 2001, Bharatiya Bhasha Samman – the first and only recipient from Urdu so far, President award for the promotion of Urdu language, Urdu academy awards.
His education started from a Madarsa in Kako, Graduated and obtained Masters Degree in English from Bengal University and later he post graduated in Urdu & Persian from Bihar University, Muzaffarpur.
He was placed first class first in the university exams in M.A. for English, Urdu as well as for Persian. He has done Bachelor of Law also.
He was also Chairman, Bihar University Service Commission, Bihar Intermediate Council, Patna
Vice – President of progressive writer association, World, HOD, Dept of Urdu, Ranchi University
Ex-Professor in Dept of Linguistic, Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.