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Ban pays rich tributes to Rudaki
Posted by AFSHEEN101 on 6/22/2008

Ban pays rich tributes to Rudaki

Pajhwok correspondent - Jun 19, 2008 - 14:25

UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, said Wednesday that timeless and profound writings of the Rudaki, the Sultan of Poets, provide an inspiration for the efforts to heal.

The Secretary General was speaking at a special function held at the United Nations headquarters in New York to commemorate the 1150th birth anniversary of the great poet Rudaki.

A large number of diplomats attended the function.

The fact that we are all here today, eleven and a half centuries after his death, speaks volumes about the enduring influence of Abu Abdullah Jafar ibn Mohammad Rudaki," Ban said.

How fitting that the United Nations, which stands for peace, development and human rights, should commemorate the life of this poet, who so beautifully extolled the virtues of good and justice," he said.

Ban said with simplicity and elegance, Rudaki pioneered a great tradition, laying the foundation for Persian classical literature. "He took poetry from the realm of the abstract into contemporary life. And in the process, he shed new philosophical light on society," he said.

Rudaki is truly the "Sultan of Poets", he said. "Today's commemoration reminds us, through music, poetry and song, of the values that underpin all of our activities worldwide," he said.

This is all the more important as the United Nations strives to bridge the divides that separate cultures and nations. Rudaki's timeless and profound writings provide an inspiration for the Alliance of Civilizations, our initiative to counter extremism and heal the divisions that threaten our world," said the Secretary General.

Speaking on the occasion, the Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Zahir Tanin, said Rudaki's poetry and music serve as reminder's of "our common past" and shared history, language, religion and culture of Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.

Today's celebration is a celebration of the Master of Words we know as Abu Abdullah Rudaki, but it is also a reminder of the unbroken culture interconnectedness between Afghan, Iranians and Tajiks," he said.

One of the first prominent poets to begin composing his works in Persian Dari language, Tanin said Rudaki conveyed a message of peace, tolerance and solidarity. "He belongs to all of us," he said.
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