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Lucknow loses yet another Mir ‘memorial’, poets fume

A plaque with ‘Mir Taqi Mir Marg’ inscribed on it has gone missing from near ‘Chatte Wala Pul’ in Wazirganj area.

lucknow Updated: Oct 14, 2017 13:08 IST
Anupam Srivastava
Anupam Srivastava
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Lucknow,Urdu poet,Mir Taqi Mir
This is the place where the plaque of poet Mir Taqi Mir stood.(HT Photo)

Years after Lucknow lost his grave to gross neglect, the city of culture has failed to treasure yet another ‘milestone’ related with legendary Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir.

In a latest example of how we treat our heritage, a plaque with ‘Mir Taqi Mir Marg’ inscribed on it has gone missing from near ‘Chatte Wala Pul’ in Wazirganj area.

“It was not just a plaque welcoming the art connoisseurs to the culturally rich Old City’s area but the only visible proof of the fact that Mir spent his creative years here,” said Sultan, a local resident.

The neglect, as expected, has induced a wave of anger among writers and poets.

“It is a reflection on the reality on how negligent and apathetic we are towards our culture. While Mir’s work will live on, we have failed in protecting a plaque with his name,” said noted poet Munawar Rana while talking to Hindustan Times.

Insisting that Mir was the poet who belonged to everyone, and not just to one community, Rana said, “Like his grave that vanished eight year back, the road named after the legend will be lost too.”

“Poets, litterateurs and scholars play an important role and societies cannot flourish unless they learn to respect them,” Rana added.

“Mir was referred to as `Khuda-e-Sukhan’ (God of poetry). Such was his class that even his critics used to respect him. Poets and writers must not be disrespected,” said noted poet Mukul Mahan while quoting Mir’s ghazals that were used in Hindi films: “Patta patta, boota-boota and `Dikhaai diye yun ke bekhud kiya, hamen aap se bhi juda kar chale.”

Noted poet Khushbir Singh ‘Shaad’ too expressed his surprise over the neglect of Mir’s legacy in Lucknow.

“While he deserves much more than a plaque, we could not even save such a small signpost of the poet of his stature,” he said.

Mir is claimed to have written six ‘Diwans’ (collection of poems) containing 13,585 couplets.

One of the leading poets of the 18th century, he shifted to the court of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in Lucknow in 1782.

According to Nawab Zafar Abdullah, Mir’s plaque was removed months back and was not even noticed.

“Why all of a sudden people have started talking about it,” he wondered.

The Lucknow Municipal Corporation, meanwhile, says it has not removed any such plaque.

“I am also a fan of his poetry. The matter has been brought to my notice for the first time and if at all anyone has removed his stone we will place it there again. The road will always remain on his name,” said municipal commissioner Udairaj Singh.

“Anyway, name of roads cannot be changed overnight and without the consent of the LMC house,” he said.

First Published: Oct 14, 2017 13:08 IST