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New generation drifting away from Urdu and Hindi

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy’s awards-presentation function was held at Bhopal on 24 December when 13 Urdu men of letters were honoured with awards. Speaking on this occasion, chaired by Academy’s Chairman, Dr. Bashir Badar, Kailash Joshi, MP and former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, said that in our country different people have been coming for the past 500 years. After their settlement here need for a common language arose which evolved with the intermingling of all languages and came to be known as Urdu which is today’s popular and progressive language but if there are some flaws and shortcomings, it is our responsibility to improve them. He regretted that today our new generation is drifting away not only from Urdu but from Hindi also. He appreciated the efforts of the Academy’s secretary, Ms Nusrat Mehdi.

Kiran Kailash Narain Sarang, member of the Academy and a former MP, while speaking on this occasion complained that ‘Urdu, which was my language, is today being called the language of Muslims only’ and advised the Academy to try to associate the people of all communities with Urdu so that this language could progress with the cooperation of one and all. He said that for this purpose the state government has increased the budget of the Academy which can be increased further. Academy’s vice Chairman Mirza Ja’far Baig said that the Academy, in addition to giving awards to litterateurs, is also publishing their books, and holds seminars and musharias. It is also undertaking teaching of Urdu which is its basic responsibility.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 22

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