Lal ud din Mazloom Pathaniya is no more. The author of more than two dozen books Mazloom passed away on Jan 10, 2012 in SKIMS Srinagar.
He was born on Apr 14, 1951 in a small hamlet –Dringla – in the border Tehsil of Karnah in kupwara district. His father Haji Abdul Rehman Pathaniya was the head of their Asab Zai tribe of Pathans, in the village.
Mazloom was known as a poet, short story writer, novelist, critic, folk songs collector and a social activist among the Pahari speaking people of Jammu and Kashmir. He played an active role in “Pahari movement” seeking restoration of identity and culture of Pahari speaking people and their development.
Mazloom received basic education from High School Teetwal, which is situated on the Actual Line of Control dividing Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan – around 200 Kilometers from Srinagar. He could not continue the studies due to some domestic problems but went on to pursue Mahir-e-Deenyaat degree from Jamia Deenyat Deoband UP and later did the Fazil-e-Deenyaat Urdu with good marks. He served as works supervisor in the Irrigation Department for five years before joining Horticulture department as Field Assistant in 1978 and served up to Apr 31, 2009.
The books, Mazloom authored include “Anwar-e-Madina” collection of Pahari Naats, “Sada Bahar Geet” (Pahari folk song collection) Jannat di Kunji, (a book on Islamic fiqqah) Meeqat ul Sawat, Kudiyan di Azadi da fareb, (translation work from Urdu) Fulaan di changair, Gulzar-e-Mazloom, See Harfi Mazloom, (Pahari poetry) “Pehtoo” Novel Pahari, Hath diyan leekan, chann mann geet (pahari folk song collections) “Dukhti Ragg Gojri Afsana collection”, Hijraan ko shehar Gojri poetry, and chamber Geet Gojri folk song collection) Taqdeer Ka Faisla, (Urdu Novel) Shabistan-e- Mazloom ( Urdu poetry, two parts) Zameer Farosh, Anokhay Zakham (Urdu Novel) “Matho Shaitaan” Novel.” Qayamat-e-Sugra, zalzala 2005” (report on earthquake 2005) Safar nama-e-Mazloom (report on his Journey to Pakistan administered Kashmir) and Aayeena-e-Haqeeqat etc. while as according to family sources, there are about eight more books, which he has written but have not been published yet.
Lal ud in Mazloom was a regular contributor of all Pahari publications of J&K Cultural Academy -“Sheeraza”, “Asta Adab” and other special numbers of Pahari publications for last 30 years. Mazloom is survived by five children (two daughters and three sons). His wife died due to drowning in Nalah Qazi Nag last year while his father is in a good health. Lal ud in Mazloom will be remembered for his excellent work for many launguages for a long time. May God bless his soul.