1797 - 1869

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Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan (Urdu: مرزا اسد اللٌٰه بیگ خان; 27 December 1797 – 15 February 1869), also known by the pen names of Ghalib (Urdu: غالب, romanized: Ġālib, lit. 'dominant') and Asad (Urdu: اسد, romanized: Asad, lit. 'lion'), was an Indian poet. His honorific was Dabir-ul-Mulk, Najm-ud-Daula. During his lifetime, the already declining Mughal Empire was eclipsed and displaced by the British East India Company Rule and finally deposed following the defeat of the First Indian War of Independence (Sepoy Mutiny) of 1857; these are described through his work.He wrote in both Urdu and Persian. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ghalib has received more than 2,257,377 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Ghalib is the 533rd most popular writer (up from 583rd in 2019), the 47th most popular biography from India (up from 54th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Indian Writer.

Ghali is most famous for writing the "Divan-e-Ghalib" which is a collection of poems.

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Among writers, Ghalib ranks 533 out of 5,794Before him are Paul Claudel, Georges Perec, Bernard Gui, Alfred Jarry, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, and Seneca the Elder. After him are Pierre de Ronsard, Robert Walser, Ivan Bunin, Luo Guanzhong, Yevgeny Zamyatin, and Arthur Koestler.

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Among people born in 1797, Ghalib ranks 11Before him are Gaetano Donizetti, Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, Adolphe Thiers, Hiroshige, Joseph Henry, and Charles Lyell. After him are Alfred de Vigny, Paul Delaroche, Frederick Augustus II of Saxony, Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and Maria Leopoldina of Austria. Among people deceased in 1869, Ghalib ranks 5Before him are Hector Berlioz, Alphonse de Lamartine, Allan Kardec, and Franklin Pierce. After him are Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Johann Friedrich Overbeck, Hijikata Toshizō, Antoine-Henri Jomini, Prince Leopold, Duke of Brabant, and Thomas Graham.

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In India

Among people born in India, Ghalib ranks 47 out of 1,227Before him are Tulsidas (1532), Valmiki (-80), Julie Christie (1940), Sariputta (-568), Vallabhbhai Patel (1875), and Sita (null). After him are Salman Rushdie (1947), Augustus De Morgan (1806), Mahākāśyapa (-550), Tipu Sultan (1750), Mumtaz Mahal (1593), and Narendra Modi (1950).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Ghalib ranks 8Before him are Rabindranath Tagore (1861), Rudyard Kipling (1865), Kālidāsa (400), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Tulsidas (1532), and Valmiki (-80). After him are Salman Rushdie (1947), Premchand (1880), Vātsyāyana (300), Meera (1498), Tukaram (1608), and Deepak Chopra (1946).