Today is the 110th birth anniversary of Makhdoom Mohiuddin, a noted Urdu poet and an avowed socialist with Marxist leanings.
He taught Urdu literature at the City College in Hyderabad and founded the Progressive Writers' Union. A freedom fighter of sorts, he was in the forefront of the Telangana movement against the monarchical rule of Nizam but somehow managed to escape being prosecuted by him.
He is best known for his poetry collection that bears the title ' Bisat-e-Raks' which won him the Sahitya Academy Award for Urdu Literature in 1969.
His other earlier two poetry collections are ' Surkh Savera' & 'Gul-e-Tar' which later became a part of 'Bisat-e-Raqs'.He was a versatile poet.He wrote sn essay ' Tagore and his Poetry', a play titled 'Hosh Ke Nakhoon' - which was an adaptation of Shaw's 'Widowers' Houses' and some other essays.
Some of his notable ghazals are 'Ek Chameli ke Mandave Tale', 'Aap ki Yaad Aati Rahi' & 'Phir Chhidi Baat Baat Phoolon ki'.
An active member of the Communist Party of India, he was a member of the Legislative Council in Andhra Pradesh for many years.
On a visit to Russia he met Yuri Gagarin, the first man to go in Space and also wrote a poem about him.
He died on 25th August,l969 aged 61.
Our humble tributes to the great poet who is also known as ' Shayar-e-Inqalaab' !