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Akashwani’s Urdu service is “dying”

New Delhi: Akashwani Urdu service is a 24-hour programme but it does not have a single Urdu employee while 12 vacancies are lying vacant according to reliable sources. Notwithstanding a lot of complaints, no progress has been made so far to fill up these vacancies. Voices have been raised even in Parliament in this regard. It may be noted that the Aakashwani Urdu Service is a round-the-clock service and a historic one at that, because some great personalities of Urdu literature, like Majaz, Krishn Chandra, Mouj Rampuri, Mahmood Hashmi and Mujib Siddiqi etc. have served here.

According to reliable sources, Hindi-speaking people are now appointed in the Urdu service, who, leave alone writing and reading Urdu, are not even capable of speaking correct Urdu. It is also said that those appointed in the name of Urdu are being used for the Hindi service. Sources say that according to Aakashwani’s rules no religion should be criticised in any of its programmes but most of the time this platform is used to criticise Islamic issues like veil, head scarf etc.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 19

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