New Delhi: Located just a short walk from Pregati Maidan and opposite to Matka Peer Dargah is a green structure with a yellow board at the entrance that reads ‘Bagh-e-Bedil’. It may look like any of the unattended parks in Delhi with twigs, over grown treats and empty snack bags yet beneath all this it also has something to do with Abdul Qadir Bedil, a celebrated poet of yesteryears ,
There is nothing fancy in this garden, just five tablets in different languages saying about how deep, dignified and divine his verse were and how the president of the Republic of Tajikistan, Emomalii Rahmon setthe tablets there in 2006.
Abdul Qadir Bedil was a famous Persian poet of the 17th century and today his grave lies in the Mathura Road not known to many. A 1970 gazette of Delhi declared the place to be a ‘Religious Structure which is over 700 years old’. There are hardly any visitors, the only visitors are those who come to pray at the nearby grave of Khwaja Nooruddin. The site has around 30 grave located in various corner of the garden. Mohammed Abul Fazl Misbah, the caretaker of the garden said its really difficult to keep trespassers away and though the garden are take care by cleaners who comes twice a week yet the garden means in a very shabby state yet the grave is still in a good shape.
Abdul Qadir Bedil was born in Azimabad, now Patna in 1644 and was attached to the Mughal Court under prince Mohammad Azam. Bedil was of Chagatai-Turk descent and according to scholars he wrote mostly wrote ghazals and rubayee and was in the same league as Ghalib. Abdul Qadir Bedil was a forward thinking philosopher-poet, at par with Ghalib, Iqbal and Tagore but unfortunately he never got the same recognition as the other three. Hardly anone has heard of him even in his birth place, Patna.
Though he may not be famous in India, yet Bedil is more famous abroad. Bedil is very famous in Central Asia in countries like Afghanistan and Tajikistan and even today he is still refer as ‘Bedil saheb’ in Central Asia. Abdul Qadir Bedil has influenced many well known poets like Muhammad Panah Qabil Kashmiri, Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib and so on. Dr Waris Kirmani in his book, Evaluation of Ghalib’s Persian Poetry mentions Bedil’s poetry reinvented old metaphors with difficult phraseology.
According to many, Abdul Qadir Bedil remains were taken to Khwaja Rawash in Afghanistan but some experts also state that his actual remains lies underneath the concrete of Mathura Road. Ghazveh said that Bedil had a house here and he built his grave before he died, later the british build a road over it and around the time we got independence a monument was built by member of Afghan community.