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Wali Asi is dead

Renowned Urdu poet, Wali Asi, died of heart attack while attending a poetic meet (she'ri nashist) in Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of medical Science. He was invited by the wife of a renowned doctor who is very much interested in Urdu poetry and used to often host such meets. Wali Bhai as he is popularly known in the literary circle was a heart patient but doctors were of the opinion that there is nothing to be worried about. He was quite hale and hearty when he left his shop in the evening and went to attend the poetic meet. It was however not known that he will not come back to his book depot which is a distinguished place for the literary figures of the state capital .His shop Maktabe Deeno Adab was more a literary club than a business house. After Danish Mahal it is the second place in the state capital where poets, writers, journalists and persons interested in serious readings used to gather and were benefited by Wali Bhaai himself or any other literary person present at the shop sipping tea. Urdu students often go there to get their academic problems solved.

Wali Asi was the son a of renowned Urdu poet, Maulana Abdul Bari Asi popularly known as Asi Uldani. He was the native of Uldan of Meerut district but had shifted to Lucknow and settled there for ever. Wali Asi himself was a pure Lakhnawi in all aspects. The important aspect of his life was that he was a very religious minded person and whenever he attended any Mushaira, the organizers were asked whatever jaanamaz and water for wazoo were arranged for him. His sister Aisha Siddiqui too is a literary figure and has a reputation in fiction writing. He is survived by two sons Ghazali and Jamali and a mentally-challenged daughter besides the widow. Moreover a vast circle of his disciples mostly, non Muslims are sure guarantee that Wali will not be forgotten so easily.

Wali Asi has got international reputation as a poet . He has attended mushairas in USA, UK, and Arab countries. He has got several prestigious literary awards and was appointed president of UP Urdu Academy but was unceremoniously removed from the post by the then Chief Minister Mayavati even before he could take the charge of Academy. It is alleged that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee interfered in the matter as he was interested in getting Dr. Sheema Rizvi appointed on that post as she is the daughter of his friend late Mr Aizaz Rizvi. This move of Mayavati was bitterly criticised by the Urdu circle.

Next day a condolence meeting was held in the old campus of UP Urdu Academy and Urdu loving people paid glowing tributes to their beloved poet. In his own words:
Jitne hampyala the, uththe ja rahe hain bazm se
Aakhri paimana apna bhar raha hai Lakhnau
Shukr kar Wali teri mitti thikane lag gayee 
Tu jo kooza hai to kuzagar raha hai Lakhnau

- Obaid Nasir, Lucknow

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