05-JAN-2018: Prof Shakeel Samdani delivers keynote address during ?Charaagh-e-Dair' in Jaipur
Aligarh, January 5: Professor Shakeel Samdani (Department of Law, Aligarh Muslim University?AMU) delivered a keynote address at the Albert Hall, Jaipur to celebrate the legacy of iconic Mughal empire poet, Mirza Ghalib during ?Charaagh-e-Dair', a national seminar organised by the Department of Archaeology and Museum, Government of Rajasthan.
While talking about the eternal and irrevocable connection of Ghalib with poetry lovers, Prof Samdani said that a recent Google doodle on Ghalib?s birth anniversary shows that Ghalib?s following crosses Indian sub-continent making the poet an internationally known literary figure.
Discussing Ghalib?s anthology of Persian poetry, Prof Samdani said that that study of Ghalib would be incomplete without his Persian poetry. ?Although Ghalib had earned his reputation in Urdu poetry, but he was more inclined towards Persian and produced high-order poetry in the language,? said Prof Samdani.
He added that Ghalib?s letters gave foundation to easy and popular Urdu giving them a historical value. ?Before Ghalib, Urdu letters were highly ornamental and his letters help us to know about events during the first war of independence in 1857,? said Prof Samdani.
Expressing concern on the state of Urdu language, Prof Samdani pointed out that it is disheartening to see that a language born on Indian soil is today a subject of neglect. He urged delegates attending the programme to promote Urdu.
Delineating the secular nature of Urdu poetry and literature, Prof Samdani said that before independence a large number of Urdu writers and authors were non-Muslims, who were not confined to any region but spread across the country. ?Still many non-Muslim poets and authors are contributing to Urdu literature,? further said Prof Samdani.
?Languages should not be linked to religions, any person can speak and adopt a language irrespective of religious backgrounds,? said Prof Samdani.
Prof Samdani also released Dr Aziz Ullah Sheerani?s book on the occasion.
Jasveer Singh (Chairman, Minority Commission, Rajasthan), Jagroop Singh Yadav (IAS), Arun Kumar Sexana, Prof Hussain Raza Khan, Dr Rajesh Chholak, Dr Shamshad Ali, Mirza Habib Beg Paras, Ashok Sahil, Nawab Shadab Ali Peshwa, Tabassum Rehmani and Maimuna Nargis were also present.
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