New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday urged Urdu writers to pen more literature with the message of preserving and inculcating the sense of communal harmony and patriotism.
The New Indian Expressed quoted him saying: “I appeal (to) Urdu writers to create more and more Urdu literature giving message to the readers to preserve and inculcate the feeling of communal harmony and patriotism. It is writers and thinkers who ensure change and bring inquilab in the society through their creative writings, with the power of their pen.”
Sisodia was addressing Urdu Academy’s award ceremony to felicitate personalities for their contribution to
Urdu literature at the Delhi Secretariat Auditorium.
Present on the occasion were, Food & Food Supplies minister Imran Hussain, Jamia Millia Islamia ex-Vice Chancellor Syed Shahid Mehdi and Urdu Academy vice-chairman Shehpar Rasool.
Those who were conferred with the awards for their contribution in promoting the language and its literature include, Prof Sharib Rudaulvi, ghazal singers Ustad Ahmad Hussain and Mohammed Hussain, Urdu critic prof Atiqullah, ghazal singer Radhika Chopra, and journalist Shakeel Hasan Shamsi.
The awards contained cash prizes of Rs 1,01,000 to Rs 2,51,000 with citations and mementos.