SRINAGAR: One of Kashmir’s prominent writers, who had done pioneering work in creating children’s literature, is no more. The 80-year-old acclaimed writer passed away in peace at his home in Kapran Shopian.
Naji Munawar was a poet and historian as well. He was writing in Urdu and Kashmiri and part of his home is converted into a museum. His actual name was Ghulam Nabi Lone who was writing under Naji Munawar name. He was the elder brother of Shafi Shauq.
Shopian Working Journalists Association condole the sad demise of Naji Munawar.
Expressing deep shock and grief over the death of a veteran writer and poet Ghulam Nabi Lone popularly known as Naji Munawar, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has termed the demise as an irreparable loss to the Kashmiri literature and language.
Naji Munawar was a legendary, unparalleled scholar, a preface of the history of Kashmiri language and literature. He was a linguist, critic and a great historian.
Naji Sahab has authored dozens of valuable books. History of Kashmiri language and literature, Persian, History of Civilization and child literature are his great works. He has recently translated Kulyati Sheikhul Aalam into Kashmiri language.