Gopi Chand Narang : India’s most famous , an eminent theorist, literary critic, and scholar who wrote both in Urdu and English departed from the world on 15th June 2022 , at Charlote in North Carolina (U.S).
He was born in Dukki, Balaochistan British Raj in Pakistan. He received master of Degree in the University of Delhi and completed Ph.D in 1958.
He started his teaching profession of at St Stephen’s College. His services of teaching continued in different Universities , like Delhi University of Minnesola, University of Oslo and Jamia Miia Islamia University. In addition of teaching he became a Vice Chairman of the Delhi Urdu Academy and NCPUL and became a qpresident a of Sahitya Academi.
He received the Mazzini Gold Medal (Italy, 2005), the Amir Khusrow Award (Chicago, 1987), a Canadian Academy of Urdu Language and Literature Award (Toronto, 1987), an Association of Asian Studies (Mid-Atlantic Region) Award (US, 1982), a European Urdu Writers Society Award (London, 2005), an Urdu Markaz International Award (Los Angeles, 1995) and an Alami Farogh-e-Urdu Adab Award (Doha, 1998).
He is the only Urdu writer honoured by the presidents of both India and Pakistan. In 1977 Narang received the President’s National Gold Medal from Pakistan for his work on Allama Iqbal, and received a Padma Bhushan (2004) and Padma Shri (1990) from India. He received honorary Doctor of Letters degrees from Aligarh Muslim University (2009), Maulana Azad National Urdu University (2008) and the Central University in Hyderabad (2007). Narang received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1995, the Ghalib Award in 1985, Urdu Academy’s Bahadur Shah Zafar Award, Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award (both in 2010), Madhya Pradesh Iqbal Samman (2011) and the Bharatiya Jnanpith Moorti Devi Award (2012). The Sahitya Akademi conferred on Narang its highest honour, the Fellowship, in 2009.