IBNS: Noted Urdu poet Munawwar Rana passed away at a hospital in Lucknow on Sunday, media reports said.
He was 72.
Rana was on a ventilator for the last six days.
Rana’s poem Maa is one of the iconic works in Urdu literature. His poem Shahdaba had earned him Sahitya Akademi in 2014. Rana had published multiple ghazals.
Born in Rae Bareli, he married and stayed in Lucknow.
Rana had stirred controversy after the Supreme Court’s Ram Temple verdict.
He accused then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of “selling him” to deliver the verdict.
He had even declined to recognise the Taliban as a terrorist organisation and said they were fighting for their country.
Though he was honoured with Sahitya Akademi Award in 2014, Rana returned it a year later protesting against the alleged rising intolerance in the country.
He had supported the protest against the Narendra Modi government’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in 2019.
Mourning his demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on X, “Pained by the passing away of Shri Munawwar Rana Ji. He made rich contributions to Urdu literature and poetry. Condolences to his family and admirers. May his soul rest in peace.”
Pained by the passing away of Shri Munawwar Rana Ji. He made rich contributions to Urdu literature and poetry. Condolences to his family and admirers. May his soul rest in peace.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 15, 2024
“May his soul rest in peace. Heartfelt tribute,” said former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on X.
तो अब इस गांव से
रिश्ता हमारा खत्म होता है
फिर आंखें खोल ली जाएं कि
सपना खत्म होता है।
देश के जानेमाने शायर मुन्नवर राना जी का निधन अत्यंत हृदय विदारक।
दिवंगत आत्मा की शांति की कामना।
भावभीनी श्रद्धांजलि। pic.twitter.com/BDDbojdYNh— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 14, 2024