PRINCE YAQOOB Habibuddin Tusi on Tuesday urged the Union Government to recognise Bahadur Shah Zafar as the first freedom fighter of India. Tusi is the great grandson of the last Mughal emperor and leader of 1857 freedom struggle Bahadur Shah Zafar.
He was addressing a function organised by Akhil Bharatiya Bahadur Shah Zafar Academy on the death anniversary of Bahadur Shah at a hotel in Bhelupur area.
He also urged the government to get back the coffin of Bahadur Shah from Rangoon and bury the same in New Delhi. “It was the last desire of Bahadur Shah to get him buried in New Delhi after his demise. But the British buried him in Rangoon (Burma) after his death there,” he said.
Prince Tusi also thanked the citizens of Varanasi for preserving the memories of Bahadur Shah Zafar. Additional director general of police (intelligence) Deo Raj Nagar threw light on the life and personality of Bahadur Shah Zafar. He said the struggle of 1857 could not succeed, as people were not united at that time.
The ADG (intelligence) said Bahadur Shah was the leader of common masses and the need of the hour was to adopt his principles to counter the differences between a cross section of society.
IG (Varanasi) AC Sharma spoke about the life of Bahadur Shah and said he had a tremendous leadership quality. General secretary of Zafar Academy Kazim Rizvi welcomed the guests.