Ziaur Rahman Naiyar, the editor of Biswin Sadi Urdu monthly, passed away recently in Delhi. He was once the owner and editor of the magazine which was visible in almost every educated Muslim household.
The magazine was earlier owned by Khushtar Girami, a noted Sikh litterateur. Later Naiyar maintained the same standards. He was also editor of the film magazine Ruby [or Roobi] that became a rival for Shama.
Biswin Sadi played an important role in cultivating the interest of readers towards high literature. Almost all the top writers and poets were published in the magazine that also had articles, political satire, cartoons, health section and short stories [afsanas].
However, a few years back he had begun withdrawing from the world. It was strange. He was shunning everything. Afterwards Biswin Sadi got closed and then he passed away silently in November 2009.
Truly, an era of Urdu journalism has ended with his demise.
Filed under: Urdu Poetry