Mr. Deora attended the Maharashtra State Urdu Sahitya Academy Awards held on 10th January, 2014 at Saboo Siddiqui College, Mumbai in the presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan. Mr. Chavan and Mr. Deora felicitated noted Urdu academicians where Mr. Deora spoke about Urdu being a ‘tehzeeb’ and not just a ‘zubaan’.