‘Bring back remains of Bahadur Shah Zafar’October 25th, 2008 - 11:32 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) The mortal remains of India’s last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar should be brought from Yangon to here, a committee on freedom movement has demanded as it celebrated the freedom fighter’s 233rd birth anniversary. The Freedom Movement Memorial Committee held celebrations in the lush green lawns of the Diwan-e-Khas in the historical Red Fort here Friday with Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai as chief guest.
Committee chairman Shashi Bhushan said: “Martyr Bahadur Shah Zafar was a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity during India’s (first) war of independence (in 1857). We appeal to the government that his remains should be brought back to India and a mausoleum should be erected in his memory.”
Kidwai added: “We must bring the remains of our national hero and place them where he desired to be buried.”
National Minority Commission chairman Shafi Qureshi also supported the appeal.
Central minister Ram Vilas Paswan recited excerpts from some of the poems composed by Bahadur Shah Zafar and said he was the harbinger of the war of independence as well as of plural culture which “communal forces want to destroy”.