10 February in History of India: Remembering Durga Bhagwat, Fatima Surayya Bajia
Today, 10 February, is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Durga Narayan Bhagwat (10 February 1910 – 7 May 2002). She was popularly known as Durga Bhagwat. She was an Indian scholar, writer. During her childhood, she studied Sanskrit and Buddhist literature. In the quest to know about tribal life and culture, she spent some time in Madhya Pradesh Jungles.
Later she returned to Mumbai and wrote various books in Marathi. He was a leading female writer who opposed the Emergency in India. She also abstained from accepting such institutional and civilian honours like the Padma Shree and the Jnanapeeth.
Today, 10 February, is also the death anniversary of Fatima Surayya Bajia (1 September 1930 – 10 February 2016). She was an Urdu novelist, playwright, and drama writer from Pakistan.
She was born near “Panj Bibi Mountain”, in the town of Raichur in the present state of Karnataka. She migrated to Pakistan soon after independence, along with her family. She never received any formal education and was instead home-schooled. Despite this, she is ranked an eminent intellectual, reader, and writer.
She was awarded various awards at home and abroad including Japan’s highest civil award in recognition of her works. Bajia remained Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh province in Pakistan and was a member of the managing committee of the Arts Council of Pakistan. She died on 10 February 2016 in Karachi, aged 85.