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.