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Nizamuddin, India should know, is not about Tablighi Jamaat

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By Vijaya Pushkarna


Nizamuddin  has always been about a divine evening of qawalli that touches one’s soul at the Dargah ofsufi saint Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya, and his spiritual disciple,poet Amir Khusrau—who penned the original, timeless “Damadam Mast Qalandar”. In fact the area gets its name from the sufi saint, and is an iconic cultural landmark of Delhi.

A railway trackdivides it into Nizamuddin West, where the pearl-domed Dargah is located with an eclectic bazaar along narrow lanes of shops owned by Muslims. 
Nizamuddin East,a residential area ,is also where Humayun’s Tomb is located.  The who’s who of the capital—not government—have homes inthis lush and beautiful part of Delhi . One of them was Sheila Dikshit, the much loved late Delhichief minister.
The Dargah has always attractedpeople of other religions too –they would offer “chadars” and tie a string on the marble jali wall, make a secret wish and offer a prayer. Those who want to takevisitors out for good non vegetarian food …