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Sajjad Zaheer
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Sajjad Zaheer (1904 - 1973) was a renowned Urdu writer, Marxist thinker and revolutionary.

SYED SAJJAD ZAHEER famously known as 'bannay mian' Born on November 5, 1905. One of the four sons of Sir Sir Syed Wazir Hasan, former Chief Justice of the Oudh Chief Court. Following into his father's footsteps he studied law at Oxford and became a barrister. His brother Syed Ali Zaheer is India's Ambassador to Iran. He was one of the founding members of the Communist Party of India and later in 1948, the Communist Party of Pakistan, along with Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Both were later jailed in Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case along with Mohammad Husain Ata, Zafarullah Poshni and others. Major General Akbar Khan was allegedly the main conspirator. He was extradited to India in 1954 and revived his activities in that country through Progressive Writers' Association, Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) and Afro-Asian Writers' Association. Sajjad Zaheer was also a founder and leading figure of the three associations. 2005 was observed as his birth centenary year.

A collection of short stories, Angaray, which had stories by Sajjad Zahieer, Ahmed Ali, Rashid Khan and Mahmud-uz-Zafar was published in 1936 and was immediately banned in India by the British Government, "for hurting the religious susceptibilities of a section of the community."

His wife Razia Sajjad Zaheer, was an Urdu short story writer and novelist and they had four daughters. The eldest daughter, Najma Zaheer is a Prof. Emiretus of Biochemistry at JNU nad is an expert in Diabetes. Second daughter, Naseem Bhatia, is an academic. Third daughter, Nadira Zaheer is probably the leading theatre artist in India and married to the Bollywood star-turned politician Raj Babbar. Arya Babbar and Juhi Babbar are his two grandchildren from Nadira Zaheer. The youngest daughter, Noor Zaheer is a trained Kathak dancer and author of the best seller - My God is a Woman.

Sajjad Zaheer died on 13 September, 1973, at the age of 68, while attending a conference of Afro Asian writers at Alma Ata, Kazakhistan

Literary Contributions

. London Ki Ek Raat- a novel. 
. Roshnai, a collection of essays on progressive writing and the progressive writers movement. 
. Zikre Hafiz, his research based book on Persian poet Hafez. 
. Pigalhta Nilam, his last book,a collection of his poetry.


. Othello 
. Candide 
. Gora (Rabindranath Tagore) 
. The Prophet (Khalil Gibran)

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