City anchor: Lane and square named after him stand testimony to Ghalib’s fan following
- Pravin Togadia under fire over hate-speech, RSS says comments fabricated
- Proponents of Article 370 should say how it has helped J&K: Rajnath Singh
- 1984 riots: Akalis protest over Capt Amarinder Singh's clean chit to Jagdish Tytler
- Supreme Court issues notice to Goa Police, agrees to hear Tejpal's bail plea in sexual assault case
- Elections 2014 LIVE: BJP blocked Telangana Bill in Parliament, says Rahul Gandhi
Bhai Vaidya, who was a corporator in the late 60s, said the Pune Municipal Corporation had readily agreed to give Ghalib's name to the lane and the square. "Mirza Hamid Baig had a good reputation as an intellectual and a writer. He, along with the then local corporator Rashid Khan, had come up with the idea to observe Ghalib's death centenary. Out of my love for Ghalib, I happily accepted the invitation to become chief guest at the function," Vaidya told Newsline.
Veteran former corporator Rajan Kachi said the lane and the square named after Ghalib created awareness about the poet among common Puneites at that time. "The city was geographically very small then as compared to today. The lane and the square named after Ghalib gradually became prime places in the city," he said.
Hailed as the crown and glory of Urdu and Persian poetry, Ghalib (December 27, 1797-February 15, 1869) is considered as one of the most intense poets of all time, especially for his profoundly fresh commentary on religion and romance that raises many eyebrows even today.
Many Puneites, however, said they were unaware about the city having any lane or square named after Ghalilb. "I really did not know this. It is a big surprise," said actor Vibhavari Deshpande, who is fond of Ghalib's poetry.
- 21-year-old dies in road mishap, one injured
- Ask Badals where is Ludhiana Metro: Bhattal to locals
- Arrests in priest murder case divide Catholic Church
- Short Change: EPFO to allot permanent account number to active subscribers by Oct 15
- India Inc profit set to grow, but margins under pressure
- Mulayam: Will amend Constitution for Muslim quota