Prominent Urdu critic, author and Professor, Gopi Chand Narang was born in Dukki (now in Pakistan) in 1931. He has written and edited more than 58 books. An eminent Urdu writer, scholar, critic and linguist, he is President of the Sahitya Akademi. His many honours include the Urdu Academy Prize, the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Secularism and the President of Pakistan's Special Gold Medal for distinguished scholarly work. He lives in New Delhi.