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VIP visit gives grave new life

Not many know that the dilapidated tomb in the DDA park at Mathura Road belongs to Mirza Abdul-Qader Bedil, a famous 17th century Persian poet.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2006 11:09 IST

Not many know that the dilapidated tomb in the DDA park at Mathura Road belongs to Mirza Abdul-Qader Bedil, a famous 17th century Persian poet who had inspired Ghalib.

Till a few days back his grave was in a state of utter disrepair. It would have remained but thanks to Tajikistan President, Emomali Rahmonov - who is visiting Delhi on August 6 - the place is getting a facelift.  Rahmonov’s interest to visit Bedil's grave has proven to be a lucky stroke for the mausoleum.

Renovation work is going on at a fast pace at the grave. The DDA wants to give it a neat look before the VIP visit. Even the surrounding park is getting spruced up. A special stone tablet engraved with Bedil's couplet is also being erected near the mausoleum, which will be unveiled by the Tajikistan President.

Bedil's family belonged to the Barlas tribe from Balkh (present day Afghanistan). An ethnic Uzbek, his family moved to India in the 17th century and Bedil was born in Azimabad (present day Patna). Bedil is one of the most respected poets on Tajikistan and Afghanistan and it is said that poets of the league of Mirza Ghalib and Iqbal were also influenced by him.

A DDA official said, "About a month back we got a letter from the Ministry of External Affairs informing us that the Tajikistan President is keen to visit Bedil's grave and as such we should spruce up the area. It's a historic occasion for us as for the first time such a senior dignitary would be visiting Bagh-E-Bedil. The entire area will get a major facelift."

As part of the beautification drive, the poet's mausoleum has got a fresh coat of paint and a boundary wall has been erected around it. "We will also put up a six feet stone slab with Bedil's couplet engraved in five different languages - Tajiki, Persian, Urdu, Hindi and English," said a DDA official.

Besides, the entry to the park which till a few days back was a poodle of slush has been concretized and a display board has also been erected at the entrance.

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