Urdu has a rich history, says Mamoon

Though Urdu is of Indian origin, it is often restricted to one religion, lamented Khaleel Mamoon, for­mer chairman Karnataka Urdu Academy, on Wednesday.

He was speaking after in­augurating a two-day nation­al seminar on The changing scenario of Urdu language and Literature’ organised by De­partment of Studies in Urdu, Manasagangotri, in collabo­ration with Karnataka Urdu Academy, Bengaluru at EMRC auditorium.

Addressing the gathering, he said that Urdu is an Indian lan­guage but the language is not used extensively because of the negligence by the people who speak Urdu and the government as they think there is no scope for the language. “Urdu lan­guage was to some extent pro­moted by the Sufi saints.”

He said that the impact of Information Technology has be­come both book and a bane for the language. “As many of the IT professionals are from North India, they speak Hindi which is often treated as the language of Indians and Urdu as Muslims; language,” he added. “With in­novation in technology, Urdu is now being used in print, elec­tronic and social media which is appreciative.”

He emphasised the fact that with the changing scenario, Urdu language demands devel­opment programmes to meet modern requirements.

Chairman Karnataka Urdu Academy, Azeezulla Baig, Reg­istrar Siraj Ahmed Khalid, Chair­man, Department of Studies in Urdu, Prof S Masood Siraj and others were present.

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