Times of India
Lucknow: UP government will undertake restoration and beautification of the neglected memorial of Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir in City Station area of the city. In a notification issued on Saturday, government announced that the mazar of another Urdu poet Mir Anis in Chowk which is in an equally bad shape would be restored too. “The two poets will get their due respect,” said a government officer citing a sher by Mir Anis: “Jis din meri arthi is duniya se vida hogi…Ek alag sama hoga ek alag baat hogi.”
A couplet from a poem by Mir Taqi Mir goes: ‘Kuch laashon ko kafan bhi naseeb nahi hota, kuch lashon pe Taj Mahal ban jate hain.” and it is apt in the case of his own memorial. On April 30, TOI documented that the scion’s memorial has turned into a garbage dump thronged by encroachers, including rickshaw-pullers, fruit sellers and rag-pickers. Even the wooden pen stand and replica of a book placed in his memory has gone missing.
Officials have proposed a face-lift of the two mazars to attract tourists and intellectuals to the place.
The places would also be well illuminated, equipped with facilities like seating arrangements and connected with wi-fi.
Times of India, “Govt to restore Urdu poet Mir’s memorial,” in Times of India, May 3, 2015. Accessed on May 3, 2015, at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Govt-to-restore-Urdu-poet-Mirs-memorial/articleshow/47135023.cms
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