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“Urdu is the language of the Indian nation but a victim of bias”

New Delhi: An emergency meeting of Urdu Development Organisation (Delhi), chaired by Maulana Rizwan Akhtar Qasmi was held in its regional office in Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, Delhi on 23 June in which a resolution drafted by Firoz Bakht Ahmad regarding Urdu medium education was passed and fully supported unanimously. In this resolution state governments were requested that in order to further improve the conditions in Urdu medium schools, syllabus books should be supplied on time and appointment of Urdu teachers should be ensured. On this occasion, Urdu Development Organisation (UDO)’s National Legal General Secretary Dr. Lal Bahadur, while expressing surprise, asked as to why Urdu, in spite of being the language of the Indian nation, is a victim of narrow-mindedness and bias at the official level? He said that since about two decades ago Urdu has obtained the status of second official language in seven states of the country but decline to an appalling extent in its readership is being found continuously. He said that even in the states in which Urdu has got the status of second official language, Urdu has not been made compulsory for government employees. He said that in Delhi, UP, Bihar, Telangana, Bengal etc where Urdu has constitutionally got the status of second official language, if the knowledge of Urdu would have been made compulsory for government employees, today Urdu would not have been confined only to the Muslim population. Many other speakers also, like Abdullah Khan Rauf, Syed Hamid Ali Akhtar etc expressed their views in this meeting.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2016 on page no. 14

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