SRINAGAR: Dr Ghulam Mohammad, popularly known by his pen name Marghoob Banihali, a renowned novelist, academic, and former head of the Kashmiri Department at Kashmiri University, died on Tuesday at his Srinagar residence after a brief illness, according to family sources. He was 84 years old.
During his decades-long academic career, before becoming a professor at Kashmiri University’s Persian Department, he had served as a Tehsil Education Officer.
Dr Marghoob, a dynamic academician, rose quickly to lead the varsity’s Kashmiri Department while still serving in various capacities in other departments. He also served the Centre for Central Asian Studies.
Post-retirement, Dr Marghoob dedicated his life to literature and research work that earned him laurels both at the national as well as international level. He was an institution in himself. He had a huge contribution to the language of Kashmir and has propounded a theory on the Kashmir lainguistics.
As per reports, Dr Marghoob will be laid to rest in Srinagar.