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.