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Javed Akhtar pays tribute to Qurratulain Haider

August 21, 2007

Lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar pays tributes to renowned Urdu writer and Jnanpith winner Qurratulain Haider, who passed away on Tuesday.

Akhtar said Haider's demise was a great loss for literature. "When I say that it is a great loss, it's not only to Urdu literature, not only to Indian literature, but to the word literature. I am not exaggerating at all."

He said in the years to come, Haider's novels will reach everywhere.

"The kind of work she has done... its only because she was born in a third world country and wrote in a language that is not of the imperialistic powers, her novels have not reached everywhere. I am sure the time will come when they will reach," Akhtar said.

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