Mirza Ghalib still homeless in his birth place

Though Mirza Ghalib’s contribution to ‘Urdu Adab’ is considered as significant as Shakespeare’s to English, the mansion in Agra where he was born on this day in 1797 bears no memorial to the great poet till date.

Mirza_Ghalib_photographFor that unfortunate reason, the people here remember the association the doyen of Urdu literature had with this city with considerable regret — especially on Ghalib’s 218th birth anniversary.

“For years fans of Mirza Ghalib and literary aficionados have demanded a fitting memorial, but the assurances and  promises of the authorities never materialised,” lamented Surendra Sharma, president of the Braj Mandal Heritage Conservation Society.

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