Ali Javed, an Urdu writer and professor at Delhi University, has been elected general secretary of the Progressive Writers' Association (PWA). The position was vacant since February this year following the death of Professor Kamala Prasad.
The executive committee of the PWA, which took the decision, also named Dr. Arjumand Ara as general secretary of PWA (Urdu) till its conference is held in Kolkata in December.
The committee also discussed the preparations for the national conference to be held in November in Tamil Nadu. The meeting was attended by writers and poets from a number of states.
PWA president Namvar Singh spoke about the challenges faced by writers. Khagendra Thakur presided over the meeting and Vishwanath Tripathi, Shamim Faizi and Dr. Javed spoke on the occasion.