Lenin out, Rudaki in
TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (Mehr News Agency) -- The last remaining statue of Lenin in
Central Park in Dushanbe, Tajikistan will be replaced by a statue of the ninth
century Persian poet Rudaki
Rudaki depicted as a
blind poet, on an
Tajikistan’s Communist Party has asked Tajik
President Emomalii Rahmon for permission to save the statue. The Communists want
to transfer the statue to their party headquarters.
The statue was erected in Central Park in 1926. The
park is currently being redesigned and the Rudaki statue will be erected in
September 2008 to commemorate the 1150th birth anniversary of the poet.
Born in 858 in Rudak (Panjrud) in Iran’s realm in
the 9th century, Rudaki was the first poet of note to compose poems in the “New
Persian” written in the Arabic alphabet and widely regarded as the father of
Persian poetry. He ended his life in wretched poverty in 941, having returned to
his native village.
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