india-news

Urdu journalist Ishrat Ali Siddiqui dead

Lucknow, Jan 2 : Gandhian and Urdu jouralist Ishrat Ali Siddiqui passed away here Thursday. He was 94.


Editor of Urdu Daily Quami Awaz in the 1970s, he had opposed then prime minister Indira Gandhi on the issue of press censorship imposed during the Emergency.

His protest against censorship stood in stark contrast against the studied silence of his colleagues in National Herald and Navjiwan, both papers also run by the Congress.

The Congress government later honoured him with the Padma Sri and Indira Gandhi nominated him to the second Press Commission in 1980.

Siddiqui availed this opportunity to formulate reform proposals to improve the standard of Urdu journalism and contributed immensely to the modernizing of Kitabat (calligraphy).

Born in Hardoi in 1919, he studied at Lucknow and then migrated to Hyderabad to edit the Urdu dailies Payam and the Hindustan.

His nationalist articles led to the then ruler, Nizam Osman Ali, penalizing him.

Siddiqui spent many years in Sevagram with Mahatma Gandhi and was president of the UP Working Journalists Union, and the UP Press Club and was the national councillor of the Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ).

--IANS (Posted on 02-01-2014)

india-news headlines

Indian Inc. has important role in developing standards: Cabinet Secretary

Manufacturing industry must become rapid learning enterprise: CII

EC censures Amit Shah, Azam Khan, Beni Prasad

Sibal moves EC against Swamy, seeks FIR

'No First Use nuclear doctrine an article of faith with Indian governments'

45 injured as express train derails in Assam

Srinivasan is among 13 named by Mudgal: Supreme Court

RSS, BJP ideology threat to secularism: Sonia Gandhi

Don't fool the people of India: Rahul to Modi

Auspicious 11 UP seats package may make or break BJP hopes

Triangular contest in the offing at Agra

Eyeing 300 lotuses, Modi calls upon youths

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014

Comments

Your e-mail:


Your Full Name:


Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box

Message:

Back to Top