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Wednesday January 11, 2012 09:59:40 PM, & Agencies

Malegaon: Taking forward the suggestion to the Indian govt mooted by Justice Markandey Katju to give Bharat Ratna to Mirza Ghalib, a Mumbai based organisation has filed an online petition requesting the President of India to confer the highest civilian ward on the late 19th century poet.


"As suggested by Justice Markandey Katju, recently retired Supreme Court Judge, the great Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib of 19th Century eminently deserves to be awarded Bharat Ratna along with Subramanya Bharathi from Tamil Nadu and Sarat Chandra of Bengal", Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, Chairman of
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism wrote in the online petition.

"Ghalib represents Indian ethos as he was one of the greatest representatives of composite culture, liberalism and secularism", he added in his petition.


"In his long poem “Chiragh-e-Dair” he calls Banaras, Kaaba-e- Hindustan. In this poem he says one who saw Ganges of Banaras his eyes will be always be protected from any harm. Among his friends were Hindus as well as Muslims, Sikhs & Christians.


"His Urdu poetry welcomed 19th Century modernity and even goes beyond it. He was truly humanist and represents human values", he said in the petition addressed to the President of India, Mrs Pratibhatai Patil.

"He believes in Sufi school of Unity of Being and so he believed in unity of entire humanity. Then if not Ghalib who else deserves this highest award? We the signatories of this petition request you, Madam President to confer this highest ward on late Mirza Ghalib", Dr. Engineer said in the online petition.


Dr Engineer's petition came after Justice (rtd) Markandey Katju in December last suggested to the Indian govt to confer Bharat Ratna award on Bharat Ratna for Mirza Ghalib, one of the greatest Urdu poets.


Stating that Bharat Ratna has been awarded posthumously several times in the past, he said "in my opinion there is no fitter person to whom the award can be given than Mirza Ghalib, who is one of the foremost figures representing our composite culture."

He also appealed to all Urdu lovers to appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to recommend Bharat Ratna for the Urdu poet.

Katju's suggestion follows the government's move to amend rules to pave way for sports-persons to be eligible for the country's highest civilian honour.

"By awarding Bharat Ratna to Mirza Ghalib, we will not be honouring Ghalib but ourselves," he said.

The petition filed yesterday has already been signed by 156 people. Following is the link of the online petition filed by Dr Engineer:








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