Street in Delhi named after Afghan war hero
Hindostan Times [ new Delhi Apr 5, 2007]
NEW DELHI: Reflecting their growing bilateral relations,
India on Thursday named a road in the national Capital after
the slain Afghan war hero, Ahmad Shah Massoud. It is the
first time that such an honour has been extended to a leader
from that country.
The road near the Afghanistan Embassy is a "symbol of
ties" that binds the two nations that have always "enjoyed
excellent relations", External Affairs Minister Pranab
Mukherjee said while unveiling the plaque along with Afghanistan
President Hamid Karzai.
Describing Massoud as a visionary and a friend of India, Mukherjee said the
Lion of Panjsheer, as he is better known, understood the threat of "globalisation
of terror" and fought, dreamt and prayed all his life for a free Afghanistan,
which is a reality today.
Expressing his gratitude, Karzai remembered Massoud as a friend who waged a
struggle against "Al-Qaeda, interference from neighbours and the rule of terror
"He was so important in the war against terror, and for the freedom of
Afghanistan. We are honoured to have him as our hero," he added.
Massoud joins personalities like Uruguay's national hero Jose Artigas, Kazakh
poet Abai Kunanbaiuly, Irish leader Eamon De Valera, novelist
Andre Malraux and Argentinian icon Jose De San Martin, all
of whom have roads named after them in Lutyen's Delhi.