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New NCPUL director to revive cultural values of Urdu

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By Manzar Imam


New Delhi: That each language carries with it certain subtleties and values is obvious. Adaptability is major means by which any language and its usage continues to survive. These and other such issues came to the fore during deliberations of participants in a recently held reception programme in honour of the newly appointed director of the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), Dr.,Khawaja Mohammad Ekramuddin at the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS), Jamia Nagar, New Delhi.


We do not talk about Urdu as a mere language, said Dr. Ekramuddin. Language is nothing but the means of expression of culture. Dispersing the notion of Urdu being at risk of declining, the NCPUL director said that Urdu was the second largest language of the world.


Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Head of the Department of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) said that Urdu was not the name of poetry and fables. It is the name of all those aspects of life that touches any aspect of human life and suggested to prepare books in Urdu for contemporary subjects taught in universities.


I have the twin purpose for sitting at the NCPUL – to do something which is good for my life and for the institution itself. Khwaja Ekram said that despite Urdu being spoken across the country, there were many states which had no representation at all in this apex body meant for the publication and promotion of Urdu. I want at least one representative from each State at the NCPUL, said he adding that he wanted to connect to the whole world.


His views found resonance with others. In his welcome address, Advocate Mushtaque Ahmad maintained that Urdu was doing yeoman’s service. Z.M. Khan suggested to work in a planned way to promote the language. Unless people work in a planned way, we will not succeed in promotion of Urdu. He said that the promotion of Urdu was not just an internal issue, but also needed external conditions.


Prof. Wasey, who is also a Member of the Executive Board of the Council, said that NCPUL was the largest institution of Urdu in the world. This, he said was despite the wailing of Urduwallas that the language was dying. The geography of Urdu has changed but it has succeeded to script a new geography, he said while suggesting to help Khwaja Ekram in his mission as he won’t be able to do anything if concerned people did not cooperate.


Dr. Manzoor Alam, chairman of IOS talked about working in collaboration with the NCPUL for furthering the cause of Urdu and also introduced some books which were translated in Urdu by IOS.


Abdul Qadir Shams Qasmi, senior sub-editor Urdu weekly Aalami Sahara coordinated the programme.


Porf. Haseena Hashiya of the Department of Geography, JMI, Asad Raza, head of all Urdu publications of the Sahara group, noted litterateur Haqqani Al-Qasmi were present.


[Manzar Imam is Special Correspondent of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be reached at manzarkhalil@gmail.com]
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  1. Dr. Khwaja Ekramuddin has always been active for the promotion of Urdu Language and Literature. He emphasizes on the use of electronic media for this purpose and he has deep knowledge of Urdu Cyberspace. This is the high time to use digital resources for Urdu and Dr. Ekram knows very well how to get result out of this channel. We all expect better result from NCPUL and Dr. Khwaja Ekram.

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