Urdu is the Language of Love and Revolution: Hamid Ansari

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Vice President M Hamid Ansari delivering inaugural address at the National Conference on “Urdu in the 21st Century”, at Bhiwandi in Thane, Maharashtra on Saturday.—PIB photo
Vice President M Hamid Ansari delivering inaugural address at the National Conference on “Urdu in the 21st Century”, at Bhiwandi in Thane, Maharashtra on Saturday.—PIB photo

VICE PRESIDENT CALLS FOR ASSUMING INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROMOTE THE LANGUAGE

MUMBAI, Nov 24: Inaugurating a national conference on Urdu at Bhiwandi, some 60 kms from here, Vice President M Hamid Ansari on Saturday said Urdu is the sixth largest language in the country and stressed the need for development of the “beautiful language”.

“There are five crore speakers of Urdu which is the sixth largest language in the country. Its strength lies in four characteristics. It is the language of revolution, language of love, language of deep culture and also the language of war,” Ansari said at the conference with the theme ‘Urdu in the 21st Century’.

The conference coincided with the silver jubilee celebrations of G.M. Momin Women’s college – the institution established by Konkan Muslim Education Society in 1989.

The Vice-President drew attention to words from other languages being adapted by Urdu “which has grown exponentially due to Internet and is now reaching the whole world”.

“Urdu is a historical language. After 1947, Urdu developed selectively in India. It developed well in some parts but lagged behind in others,” the Vice-President said.

Regretting that Urdu could not become popular the way it should have been, Ansari said Maharashtra is one place where the language developed well.

“Urdu could not get popularity and progress more due to lack of institutional structure and trained teachers. But it survived on its inherent strength,” Ansari observed.

Stating that Urdu was not restricted to India and Pakistan but has become a global language, he said “Use of Urdu in film industry has added to its strength and book could be written on it.”

Stating that development of Urdu should begin at home, he said, “All of us must assume responsibility for promoting Urdu by speaking it at home and at place of work. It is the responsibility of each person to spread this beautiful language.”

“Bhiwandi is a historical place where people from different parts of the country are staying and Urdu has become a local language,” Ansari said.

The Vice President also released a Urdu poetry book written by school children of G M Momin Women’s College.

The conference, aimed at focusing on linking the Urdu language with technology, will continue on Sunday and will conclude with a Mushaira later in the evening.—ummid.com

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