//Wali Mohammed Wali's tomb awaits restoration

Wali Mohammed Wali's tomb awaits restoration

Ahmedabad | March 01, 2006 11:30:12 AM IST

Four years have gone by, but the tomb of legendary Urdu poet Wali Mohammad Wali which was destroyed by a mob during the post-Godhra train carnage riots of 2002, still stands razed.

”No attempt has been made by the government to restore it. But we, in our own way, are trying to keep Wali’s greatness alive in the hearts of people. We strongly believe that removing a cultural monument does not erase all the rich traditions it stood for,” said Manan Trivedi of Anhad, an NGO which fights for the cause of harmony and democracy.

Anhad will lead a group of people to pay floral tributes at the ‘mazaar’ in the evening. ”We have informed the Police Commissioner and the Municipal Commissioner of our programme,” Mr Trivedi said.

Later, at a cultural get-together at the Gujarat Vidyapeeth actor Rahul Bose and Prof Bombaywallah will speak about the greatness of Wali.

A film made by a NID student, which gives an insight into the life of the poet, will also be screened on the occasion. Dhruv Sangari, a disciple of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, will render Wali’s ‘ghazals’ and ‘sufi kalam’ during the programme.

Wali Muhammad Wali (1667-1707) who wrote passionately about Gujarat and its people, is referred to as Wali Gujarati and also as Wali Daccani. He is believed to have been born in Aurangabad, and had died in Ahmedabad, where he was buried during the reign of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

His tomb which once stood opposite the Police headquarters, was attacked by a Hindu mob on February 28, 2002, a day after the Sabarmati Express carnage took place in Godhra.

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”Our motive is to tell about his relevance to our culture as we want the future generations to remember his worth too,” Mr Trivedi said