At last someone wrote about the great master of Persian poetry, Bedil. Saeed Naqvi writes in the Weekly Outlook about the paradox:
For Indians unfamiliar with Urdu or Persian literature Bedil presents a bit of a paradox: he was born in Patna (died in Delhi) but he is among the world’s greatest Persian poets, and the most loved poet of Afghanistan and Tajikistan—but unknown in India.
My favourite part is where Naqvi writes on how Bedil
“warned the Mullah that his long beard would block his entry into paradise where nothing that is aesthetically offensive would be tolerated.”
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this is an image of Bedil’s grave taken by Rajesh Thakur and published in the Outlook.