From the Daily Times
LAHORE: Indian writer and poet Surjit Singh Lamba, the first non-Muslim to publish an Urdu book, Quran-e- Natiq, arrived in the city on Saturday evening.
Lamba, a great admirer of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, published his first book, Nazre Khusro, in 1975. The book contains Amir Khusro’s Persian ghazals translated in Urdu, which is a rare and pioneer work in Urdu literature.
He published his second Urdu book, Quran-e-Natiq, in which he highlighted the message of love and unity of mankind – preached and practiced by the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). Literary circles all over the world have praised the book.
The Urdu Academy, Delhi, has given ‘Linguistic Integrity Award’ to Lamba for the book in 2004. He has done intensive research on Iqbaliat and Islamiat and has delivered extempore lectures in India, Pakistan; and the US – fostering universal brotherhood and interfaith harmony.
He is a man of national character who has made significant contributions for promotion of art and literature. He has given lectures on national integration for promoting communal harmony through the teachings of Bhagwat Gita, the holy Quran, the holy Bible and Granth Sahib. He has also received the National Unity Award for excellence. The eminent literary personalities and the press of the sub continent and USA on account of devotion for literary pursuits with national sprit conferred him on the titles of Cultural Ambassador, Ambassador of Peace, Hafiz-e-Iqbal and Aashiq-e-Rasool.
He is vice president of the Rashtriya Ekta Samiti. He has dedicated his life to peace, humanity, and rendering help for the uplift of the downtrodden. Shahnawaz Khan