Eight names have been submitted online for the Padma awards by the Delhi Government. Of them, according to an Indian Express report seven names have been recommended for Padma Shri, one for Padma Bhushan.
The report claimed that seven names have come from Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung and one has been sent by a committee under the chairmanship of the chief secretary of Delhi. OKHLATIMES.COM independently could not authenticate the claim.
Of the eight names recommended, on the list is Dr Khalid Mahmood, former Jamia Millia Islamia’s Department of Urdu, in the field of Literature and Education. Sources said LG Jung, when he was vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, used to regularly take classes in Deewan-E-Ghalib.
Dr Mahmood, who even today visits the L-G’s residence once in a week to discuss Deewan-E-Ghalib, told OKHLATIMES.COM that he is not aware of the development. Born in Saronj-Madhya Pradesh on 15th January 1948, Dr Mahmood is a noted Urdu writer and has won several awards for his literary work.
OKHLATIMES.COM had earlier reported quoting Dr Mahmood that Jung is head over heels in love with Ghalib and has a good grasping power. It is my pleasure to discuss the subject with him, he had said then,
It is understood that Jung as an eight-year-old student used to recite ghazals written by Ghalib whenever Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, India’s first Education Minister, used to visit his swanky Daryaganj house in Old Delhi. Grandson of Moulvi Samiullah, a close associate of Syed Ahmed Khan, young Jung, in his later days lost touch with Ghalib. But after coming to Jamia he had renewed his interest in the great poet and writer.
Dr Mahmood used to interact with Jung four days a week for one hour after 5.30 pm.
Jung, son-in-law of Dr Abdul Jalil Faridi, wants to contribute to the development of Urdu in India and Maktaba JMI, Dr Mahmood had claimed then.