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Farooq Abdullah to raise Urdu issue in Parliament

Patna: “Urdu cannot be finished by anyone as its foes tried their utmost to uproot it but to no avail. Urdu is not confined to any religion, rather it is the language of India and therefore its preservation is the responsibility of all Indians”, said Dr Farooq Abdullah, former chief minister of Kashmir and the present Union minister, while speaking at the Shah Mushtaq Memorial Urdu Conference sponsored by Urdu Council Patna, on 20 February 2011, at the Anjuman Islam Hall here. Dr Farooq Abdullah was the chief guest in this conference. Other guests of honour were Tariq Anwar, member parliament, Malikzadah Manzoor Ahmad, president of All India Urdu Rabita Committee, and Akhtarul Iman, MLA.

The conference was chaired by Shamael Nabi, a former minister of Bihar. Farooq Abdullah said that he will fight the case of Urdu in Parliament and will convene a meeting of all Urdu-lovers of Parliament to draw up a concrete action plan. He also said that he will talk to the prime minister to give Urdu its right.  

On this occasion Navak Hamzahpuri, a famous Urdu poet was given Shah Mushtaq Award of Rs 25 thousand by Dr Farooq Abdullah along with a memento and commendation certificate.

Malikzada Manzoor Ahmad also addressed the conference in which he spoke about forming a pressure group for achievement of the rights of Urdu. A resolution was passed in the conference demanding to make Urdu the second official language of the country, implementation of Urdu in practical fields in states where Urdu is the second official language, enforcement of 3-language formula in school syllabus, promotion of Urdu-knowing and working employees in states where Urdu is the official language and giving suitable government advertisements to Urdu newspapers.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2011 on page no. 19

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