Another minaret of Urdu literary world fell in Mumbai recently. Baqar Mehdi passed away at the age of 80. He was ailing but his mind was as sharp as always even on his deathbed.
An excellent critic and poet who wrote scores of ‘kaali ghazleN’ and ‘kaali nazmeN’, Baqar Sahab was an iconoclast to the core. Born in a family of zamindars in Rudauli town (UP), he had made Mumbai his home.
Jyoti Punwani writes in Indian Express that the latest issue of Naya Waraq and Diwan-e-Ghalib were by his bed at the time of his demise. Intellectually profound and an immensely well-read Baqar Mahdi was considred an ‘inhiraafi shaKshiyat’. The other day I was reading his verse on Gujarat riots’ anniversary and came to know about his death from the small piece on Edit page of the Express. Today some Urdu papers carried news of condolence meet in Delhi.