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Javed Akhtar thinks Urdu should be given attention in India

Javed Akhtar thinks Urdu should be given attention in India

Javed Akhtar thinks Urdu should be given attention in India

Javed Akhtar thinks Urdu should be given attention in India

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  • The seasoned poet and author discussed Punjabi poems.
  • He explained that if language were determined by religion.
  • Javed Akhtar emphasised the value of the Urdu language.
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Javed Akhtar emphasised the value of the Urdu language and the part Punjab played in its historical development and significance when introducing an Urdu poetry collection named Shayarana – Sartaj with his wife Shabana Azmi. He continued by stating during the gathering that Urdu belongs to “Hindustan,” not Pakistan or Egypt.

The seasoned poet and author discussed Punjabi poems written in the virtually extinct language of “Urdu” and gave Dr. Satinder Sartaaj credit for preserving it.

At the occasion, Javed said, “Urdu hasn’t come from any other place…it is our own language. It isn’t spoken outside Hindustan… Pakistan also came into existence after partition from India, earlier it was a part of India only. So, the language isn’t spoken outside Hindustan…”

He added, “Punjab has a big contribution towards Urdu and it is the language of India! But why did you leave this language? Because of partition? Because of Pakistan? Urdu should be given attention. Earlier it was only Hindustan – Pakistan later separated from Hindustan. Now Pakistan said that Kashmir is ours…will you believe that? I think ‘No’! Likewise, Urdu is a Hindustan(i) language and it remains (so). Nowadays, new generation youths speak less Urdu and Hindi in our country. Today more focus is on English. We must speak in Hindi because it’s our national language.”

The author also held the view that language is dependent on areas rather than faiths. He explained that if language were determined by religion, Europe would only have one language.
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Javed had travelled last month for a literary celebration honouring illustrious Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. On social media, a video of Javed discussing the ties between India and Pakistan has gone viral.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to say that though we have organised so many grand functions of Nusrat (Fateh Ali Khan) sahab and Mehdi Hassan sahab in our country, you couldn’t organise a single event of Lata (Mangeshkar) ji.” the writer had stated.

He paid his respects at the late actor-director Satish Kaushik’s house last week after learning of his March 9 passing due to a heart attack. Earlier in the week, Satish had gone to Javed’s house to celebrate Holi.

Javed had travelled last month for a literary celebration honouring illustrious Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. On social media, a video of Javed discussing the ties between India and Pakistan has gone viral.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to say that though we have organised so many grand functions of Nusrat (Fateh Ali Khan) sahab and Mehdi Hassan sahab in our country, you couldn’t organise a single event of Lata (Mangeshkar) ji.” the writer had stated.

He paid his respects at the late actor-director Satish Kaushik’s house last week after learning of his March 9 passing due to a heart attack. Earlier in the week, Satish had gone to Javed’s house to celebrate Holi.

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Satish Kaushik last tweeted from a Holi celebration with Javed Akhtar, with the hashtag “Colourful Happy”
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