He is comparing his ability with that of Ghalib; at the same time portraying how different he is from Ghalib. Ghalib who is a golden name in the domain of Ghazals and Shers has set his mark in the world, and now after centuries another name would yet again be marked with the same eminence, which would be Bashir’s.
The poetry is a complaint to Ghalib, written some 30 yrs before this date; where Bashir is asking Ghalib not to influence or guide him, because his work is as parallel, as that of Ghalib. Contradictorily the Ghazals by Dr Badr are not written in the same flair as that of Ghalib, yet it features the same originality and persona, which Ghalib’s poetry would reflect.
Bashir’s poems follow a simplistic ritual of writing, which makes them comprehensible and felt by a common man; they are contemporary as well as traditional. To Ghalib, fame came posthumously; his work was not cherished by his generation. But owing to technology and media of today, Bashir Badr’s work reaches readers all over the world. His fans come not only from India and Pakistan but also USA, France, Canada, Dubai, etc…displaying a wide readership and an appreciation of his work.
Hence through this poem Bashir also speaks that he is the poet of 20th century and he shall take advantage of the inventions of this century, to expose more and more, the world of Ghazals and Shers to the modern world.
The lines from ‘Ghalib se Shikayat’ say:
“Ye Yakin Rakhiye ki Bahrhal Hume Milna hai
Jaise tarikh ke aurak baham hote hai”
This means that we’ll meet just as pages of history meet.