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Monday, 26 April 2010 10:44

Urdu does not belong to any religion: Javed Akhtar

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Bangalore, April 26: Condemning the tendency of associating languages with particular religions, popular lyricist Javed Akhtar said that a universal language like Urdu does not belong to any religion.

Speaking at a release of a special issue of Kannada journal, “Desha Kala”, titled “Desha Kala Vishesha”, to mark its fifth anniversary, Akhtar lamented associating Urdu with Muslims.

The lyricist also likened the state of the Indian education system to a tree which has branches and roots but not the trunk.

“The urban children may have a world view, but are disconnected from their roots. On the other hand, the children in the rural areas do not get enough exposure to worldly matters. So the roots are present, but not the trunk,” Javed Akhtar said.

Vivek Shanbhag, editor of ‘Desha Kala', said that youngsters in cities such as Bangalore were largely ignorant of Kannada literature as they have very little exposure to it. “That is why the journal tries to capture the diversity and issues of the present,” he added.

Shabana Azmi, Actress, litterateurs U.R. Ananthamurthy and Girish Karnad besides filmmaker Girish Kasarvalli were present.





Like [0]Dislike [0] #5 , Dubai2010-04-26
Rightly said by Javed Akhthar, Urdi=u is a beautiful language to speak and listen. There is always respectful words in that.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #4 , RE: Urdu does not belong to any religion: Javed Akhtar2010-04-26
Thanks Bilal, Jazakh Allah Khair.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #3 , RE: Urdu does not belong to any religion: Javed Akhtar2010-04-26

Dear Zakir very good comment but just to
correct one word that Quran is reviled in Arabic.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #2 , RE: Urdu does not belong to any religion: Javed Akhtar2010-04-26
Langauge is there for the purpose to interact between the people and it does not tell anyone that purticular religion must talk in this purticular language something like. Actually, as a matter of fact urdu is the language of north india but Pakistanis have adopted that into their culture and made it there official language but its not a language of pakistani muslims at all. Meanwhile Arabic is language of arabs and widely spoken by arab chritians and muslims in the middle east region and we cannot say its a langauge of muslims eventhough the holy quran is written in arabic language. In India most of muslims cannot talk in arabic it does not mean that we should adopt arabic to become muslims. I think Language is location based rather than relgion based.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #1 , RE: Urdu does not belong to any religion: Javed Akhtar2010-04-26
Urdu is the official language of Pakistan.
Even though in Pakistan no one have mother tongue as URDU. In their 4 provinces In the North they speak Pashto, East speaks Punjabe, West Balooch and in South Sindhi, Most of the Muhajir speaks Bihari or Bengali. In the same way Hindi is our official language in India but we cant find in any state people speaking Hindi. On the whole Arabic and Farsy, and urdu are considered as Muslim language because Quraan in Arabic and next to arabic highest islamic litrature are written in Urdu in the same way Sanskrit and Hindi are considered as Hindu language, and accordingly these languages are treated by the governments.

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