Ehsan Sehgal is a Dutch-Pakistani poet, author, and journalist. He is also an activist for the democracy, freedom of the press and speech. In 1978, he fled to the Netherlands, to escape from the political conflict under General Zia-ul-Haq régime in Pakistan, and he opted to settle in the Netherlands, where he has resided, since 1978. He organized the Muslim United Nations (MUN) in 1980, as the founding chairperson. He served in the Pakistan Army, during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965, at the age of fourteen and earned a Tamgha-e-Jang (War Medal) from the Pakistan Army.
He was born in a mercantile family on 15 November 1951 in Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan, he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Urdu literature. He also obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from Karachi University. He married a Dutch woman, and unfavorable events resulted in a divorce.
He has achieved awards from Indian and European Urdu literary organizations in recognition of his literary works. He is particularly famous for his Urdu poetry collection Zarb-e-Sukhan, in the Urdu-speaking world. The Pakistani English newspaper, Daily Times describes the book as a "splendid poetry collection." Daily Dawn mentioned him, one of those a few Pakistani English poets, whom poetry, has been traveled, and acknowledged abroad and homeland as well. Famous Indian poet Nida Fazli and Pakistani journalist and writer Sultana Mehr compared his poetry with the style of Ghalib and Allama Iqbal. He has also published The Wise Way, a collection of quotes in the Dutch, English, and Urdu languages, and collection of English prose poems, Breathing Words. Several Pakistani singers have sung his ghazals and naats. Sehgal has also written a novel and several poetry books, and articles that, published in various Urdu newspapers and English as well.
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