Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Party president Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Saturday inaugurated 23rd All India Urdu book fair ‘Kul Hind Urdu Mela’ organised by National Council for Promotion of Urdu language at University of Kashmir.
Dr Farooq who was chief guest on the occasion visited 51 stalls installed by book sellers from across the country.
“There was a kind of communal mentality that is spreading a malicious propaganda about Urdu language. Urdu has never belonged to a particular sect or faith. Urdu is a representative language of Ganga-Jammuni Tahzeeb of India. The language has been watered by both Hindus and Muslims,” Abdullah said in his address.
Elaborating he said the existence of Urdu language owes a lot to Munshi Prem Chand and others. “The scathing rise of communalism in the country is taking toll on the language, today we see homogeneity being forced on our country that has always been known for its diversity. This I believe is one of the diminishing factors of Urdu from our day to day lives. However I take this opportunity to welcome the initiative of NCPUL for coming up with such fairs annually. Events like these provide a window of opportunity for those who have a penchant for Urdu literature. Such festivals and fairs will surely acquaint the new generation about the contemporary happening in the field of Urdu literature,” he said.
He underscored the need for giving equal respect to local languages. “Learning to speak in ones mother language is very essential for a child’s overall development. Kashmiri languages known for its richness, particularly for its poetry, maxims and other literary aspects; the need of the hour is to get our new generation acquainted with it ” he said.
In a statement, KU spokesperson said Dr Farooq congratulated Prof Talat in particular and the University staff and students in general for bringing laurels to the state by achieving a brilliant Grade of A + in the recently held NAAC reaccreditation..
Prof Talat Ahmad also assured University’s facilitation to NCPUL in all its activities and programs aimed at promotion of Urdu language in the valley. Registrar KU Dr Nisar A Mir sought intervention and support of MP Dr Farooq Abdullah in providing assistance for strengthening the satellite campuses of the University with special focus on Kupwara campus. Director NCPUL Dr Shaikh Aquil Ahmad said NCPUL has opened highest number of computer centers in the state of J&K than in any another state for the promotion and preservation of Urdu language with latest inputs of information and technology. On the occasion Dr Ahmad emphasized upon the need of establishment of Urdu Academy in the state of J&K.