Final results of the
Malegaon (Central) assembly constituency.
Ishtiaque Arif, the doyen of Urdu journalism, breathed his last
after prolonged illness here in Bhopal on Tuesday.
Ishtiaque, the veteran journalist, was
87 and was suffering from cancer. He is survived by his two sons and
two daughters. His wife Tanwir Arif died a few years back. She also
contributed articles in Urdu on various topics like women players,
children up-keep etc. She was known writer to the readers of ladies’
magazines of Urdu.
His funeral was largely attended. He
was laid to rest after Isha prayers at Bada Bagh grave yard behind
Saifia College. Scores of senior political leaders, eminent
personalities, relatives and well wishers took part in his last
journey to bid him final good-bye.
He was born on November 10, 1922 at
Qasba Haswa, District Fatehapur in Uttar Pradesh and started his
career as a journalist in 1943 in Urdu daily Khilafat published from
Mumbai. In his 45 years of journalistic career he was also editor of
Roznama Nadeem from 1948 to 1950 and Roznama Afkar for 25 years.
Besides, he was editor of “Qaid” published from Lucknow (1960) and
he was founder editor of Urdu daily Aftab-e-Jadeed of the Bhaskar
He also took part in the Independent
Movement and was also sent to jail many a times for participating in
the Bhopal merger movement. During the freedom struggle he met
Mahatma Gandhi in Lahore and shook hands with him. It may be
mentioned here that Bhopal was ruled by Nawabs and Begums during
Apart from chaste Urdu Ishtiaque was
well versed in various languages like Arabic, English, Persian,
Sanskrit etc. He has to his credit a research book on “Urdu Sahafat”
published by Sapray Sanghralay.
He was the first founder member and
president of Bhopal Shramjivi Patrakar Sangh (Bhopal Working
Journalist Union). He gave his best contribution in the
establishment of Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy in 1971 and also gave
his best contribution for making Bhopal, the capital of Madhya
He was recipient of number of awards.
The then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee conferred on him "Fakhr-e-Sahafat
Aizaz" in 1982. He received Madhya Pradesh Shramjeevi Patrakar Sangh
Award & Sapray Sanghralay Award in 1990, Swami Pranavananda Patrakar
Award in 1994, Ganesh Shankar Vidhyarti Award in 1997.He also
received the "All India Hakeem Qamar-ul-Hasan Sahafati Aizaz".
Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy held a
condolence meeting to pay homage to Ishtiaque Arif. Urdu Academy
chairman Bashir Badr, the renowned poet; vice chairman Zafar Baig
and secretary Ms Nusrat Mehndi paid glowing tributes to him and
remembered Arif's contribution to Urdu journalism on the occasion.
Paying tributes to the late
journalist, the Swami Pranavananda Journalism Trust of India chief
L. S. Herdenia has said that Arif's contribution to Urdu journalism
would always be remembered. He said that Arif took to journalism
when Bhopal was still a part C state, and remained active as
journalist until a few years back.