Women litterateurs of Urdu have been a neglected lot. Arjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hindi) has tried to make up for this lapse by coming out with a new year calendar extolling their achievements “in what can prove to be a collector's item,” says Khaliq Anjum, editor of the calendar. The calendar starts off with a quotation from Justice Anand Narain Milla, “I can change my religion but not my mother tongue Urdu.”
On June 30, 1901 the begum was made ruler of Bhopal State. Besides ruling Bhopal she also turned her attention to the literary field and got a number of books translated into Urdu from English and also wrote articles in several magazines, including the one brought out by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
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