Writer Marghoob Banihali No More


Srinagar: Noted writer, scholar and ex-HOD Kashmiri Department at Kashmiri University, Dr Ghulam Mohammad, popularly known by his pen name Marghoob Banhali, passed away on Tuesday at his Srinagar residence after a brief period of illness, family sources said. He was 84.

The deceased was the father of renowned psychiatrist, Dr Mushtaq Marghoob.

Born in the Giri family in Bankoot area of Banihal in J&K’s Ramban district, Dr Marghoob had authored more than fifty books.

In his academic career spanning decades, he was initially posted as Tehsil Education Officer before he joined Kashmiri University’s Persian department as a professor.

The versatile academician that Dr Marghoob was, he soon rose to head the varsity’s Kashmiri Department even as he also served in various other departments in different capacities.

After his retirement, Dr Marghoob dedicated his life to literature and research work that earned him laurels both at the national as well as international level.

Different literary organizations based in Dr Marghoob’s native town Banihal have paid their tribute to the deceased author and prayed for the highest place in Jannah while also expressing condolences to the bereaved family.

Demise Widely Condoled

National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah, Peoples Conference chairman Sajjad Lone, Apni Party President Altaf Bukhar, State Congress President GA Mir and others on Tuesday expressed profound grief over the demise of Margoob Banihali, who breathed his last on Tuesday.

In his condolence message, Dr Farooq paid tribute to the deceased saying that the passing away of Margoob Sahib has left us culturally impoverished. He said Margoob Sahib was a representative of the renaissance generation of writers and poets. I am deeply saddened at his passing away, I pray to Almighty to grant the deceased highest stations in Jannat.

Omar Abdullah In his condolence message said the passing away of Margoob Sahib has sent shock waves across the literary landscape of Kashmir.

The duo expressed solidarity with Dr Mushtaq Margoob at this difficult time.

Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone has expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Kashmir’s noted academician, poet and prolific writer, Dr Margoob Banihali.

In his condolence message, PC Chairman highlighted Sahitya Academy Awardee, Dr Margoob’s immense contributions in the field of literature, terming his demise a major loss for society in general and for the world of literature in particular. Lone said that his absence will be deeply felt in times to come and void he has left among in the literary landscape of Jammu and Kashmir will be extremely difficult to fill in.

Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President Ghulam Ahmad Mir expressed profound grief over the passing away of eminent Scholar and academician Dr. Margoob Banihali.

In his condolence message, JKPCC President G.A. Mir described the passing away of Margoob Baihali as a great loss to J&K and said the deceased has contributed enormously to Kashmiri Language and literature and also recalled his best services as academician and writer.

Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Tuesday expressed deep shock and grief over the demise of Prof. Marghoob Banihali, a noted scholar, academician, writer and the well known poet.

In a condolence message issued here, Bukhari described Prof. Banihali as a luminary whose contribution in the field of Kashmiri language and literature is an acclaimed treasurer for generations to come.

KU Condoles Demise

University of Kashmir also condoled the demise of Prof Marghoob Banihali, former Head of the varsity’s Department of Kashmiri.

Recalling the vast contributions of Prof Banihali to Kashmir’s literary and cultural spheres as well as to the growth and development of the Department of Kashmiri, KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad, officers of the varsity administration, deans and faculty members prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and also expressed their sympathies with the bereaved family in this hour of grief.

The contributions of Prof Banihali, they said, will always be remembered.

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