After gaining popularity for its unique content and news coverage, Late Asif gradually launched the newspaper’s New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Jaipur and Saharanpur editions. He made a unique history by simultaneously publishing the daily in three languages.
– Anwarulhaq Baig
New Delhi, 21 Sep: Senior Urdu journalist, founder, and editor-in-chief of Urdu and Hindi daily Indinon and English These Days, Syed Mohammad Asif passed away Wednesday in New Delhi, following a brain haemorrhage. He was 70. He had been undergoing treatment at a hospital here.
Born on December 27, 1953, he launched the daily Indinon from Patna, Bihar in 1975, after completing his education.
After gaining popularity for its unique content and news coverage, Late Asif gradually launched the newspaper’s New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Jaipur and Saharanpur editions. He made a unique history by simultaneously publishing the daily in three languages. Known for his helping nature, he trained and mentored numerous writers and journalists, many of whom are now making invaluable contributions to society.
Active in both social and political arenas, Late Asif founded the All India Minorities Front in 1998 and was elected its president. Always advocating for communal amity and brotherhood, SM Asif consistently raised his voice for the country’s oppressed and marginalized sections through this front. He steadfastly stood with minorities in case of injustices inflicted upon them and became their voice. He also actively helped victims and those affected during calamities or riots.
Late Asif was conferred with a number of awards for his outstanding contributions to the field of journalism. He is survived by his wife and two daughters including Lubna Asif, editor of the newspaper. His great contributions to Urdu journalism will be remembered for a long time.
His funeral prayers were attended by noted personalities, including community leaders and journalists. He was laid to rest at the Batla House graveyard in Jamia Nagar, New Delhi, Wednesday evening.