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Published in the 1-15 June 2005 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Agreement between Ghalib Institute and Tashkent 

The Milli Gazette Online

Institutions and memorials after Ghalib are within as well as outside Delhi. One of the important institutions among them is Ghalib Institute which is famous not only in India and Pakistan but now has established a place for itself on the world map. Former Presidents of India Dr Zakir Husain and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Mrs Indira Gandhi and Begum Abida Ahmad have played important role in the creation of Ghalib Institute.

An agreement was recently signed between Ghalib Institute Delhi and Uzbekistan’s State Oriental Institute at Tashkent under which both institutes will cooperate with each other in cultural, literary and educational fields. This agreement enjoys the cooperation and support of Indian and Uzbek governments. This agreement was signed during the recent visit of Uzbek President to India.

Negociations for this agreement had started in September 2004 itself when Ghalib Institute’s secretary and trustee Prof Siddiqur Rahman Qidwai had visited Uzbekistan on behalf of Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) on the invitation of Babar International Foundation for participation in a seminar. On that occasion Dr Qamar Raees, who lived in Uzbekistan for a long time and played a leading role in popularising Uzbek literature through the medium of Urdu, was honoured with the most important award ie Babar International Award. He also greatly contributed to the teaching and propagation of Urdu in Tashkent. With the help and cooperation of Qamar Raees Prof Siddiqur Rahman Qidwai prepared the details of the agreements after negotiations with the rector of Tashqand’s State Oriental Institute. The agreement was signed by Prof Nazeer Ahmad, officiating president of Ghalib Institute Delhi on behalf of India and by the rector of State Oriental Institute on behalf of Uzbekistan. 

Prof Qidwai had also presented photocopies of his writings to Uzbek President as gift in which Ghalib had mentioned about the migration of Ghalib’s grand father from Samarqand (Uzbekistan) to India. Ghalib’s books and their English translations were also presented to Uzbek President.

It may also be mentioned in this connection that Diwan-e Ghalib’s translation in Uzbek language was done long ago by Uzbek scholar Abdur Rahman Yezdi with the help of Siddiqur Rahman Qidwai when he was in Delhi University. 

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