High Hopes on Urdu Academy at Uppala

KASARGOD : Excitement has gripped the residents of Uppala, the border town which is equidistant from both Kasargod and Mangalore, and the reason behind this is the government’s move to set up a Kerala Urdu Academy. The town is home to around 35,000 Urdu speaking people.

Leaders of the ‘disadvantaged’ community expressed hope that the academy will help their children to live a better life and also revitalise the language, literature and culture.

Manjeshwaram MLA P B Abdul Razak, who had promised to set up the academy in his election manifesto, said the academy will focus on education. He said that the Minister of Culture will be the chairperson and the local MLA, the vice chairperson of the academy. The other members are Manjeshwaram panchayat president, Manjeshwaram block panchayat president, representatives from the government and Urdu teachers associations...More...

DD Urdu revamps itself with a bouquet of new programmes

MUMBAI: DD Urdu has infused fresh blood in its programming with a bouquet of new serials and shows that encapsulate the essence of our heritage and culture and feature relevant societal issues, and now they are set to enchant the audience with their creative brilliance. The step has been taken in continuation of the revamp activity that was initiated on 15th January, 2014. The time band of 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm has been scheduled for 40 new commissioned programmes...More...

Urdu’s cause

The Sub-Committee on Promotion of Urdu Language and Enhancement of Compatibility amongst Minorities through Knowledge of English, chaired by Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, recently submitted its report to the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, M.M. Pallam Raju...More...

IIMC starts course in Urdu journalism

Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) has started a five-month diploma course in Urdu journalism. The course intends to improve the proficiency of journalists working in Urdu language newspapers as well as Urdu language capabilities of media professionals, the Information & Broadcasting Ministry said in a statement. — PTI...More...

Opening doors to all, city madrasas turn over a new leaf

Generally perceived as institutions imparting Islamic education to Muslim children, city madrasas are turning over a new leaf by increasingly opening their doors to the students from various religions, providing them functional education like any other school.

Non-Muslim students, showing interest to learn Urdu and Arabic apart from English, Maths, Science or Social Studies, are helping the madrasas break stereotypical image...More...

My name Is Urdu and I am not a Muslim

Urdu hai mera naam main Khusrau ki paheli
Main Meer ki humraaz hun Ghalib ki saheli

(My name is Urdu and I am Khusrau’s riddle
I am Meer’s confidante and Ghalib’s friend)

Kyun mujhko banate ho tassub ka nishana
Maine to kabhi khud ko musalmaan nahi maana...More...

The future of Urdu is bright in Telangana State
Hyderabad, August 11: A meeting was held at Prof. Afzaluddin Iqbal Hall at World Master Computer Center at Mallepalli. All India Urdu Mass Communication Society for Peace organized this meeting. Dr. Ehteshamuddin Qurram presided over the meeting. Mr. Ather Hussain Ansar told that Urdu should be given the status of Second Official language State.

Mr. Muqtar Ahmed Fardeen, President of the society reviewed the latest political situation it in the region and told that Urdu will get its due-place in Telangana State. Mr. Anees Iqbal, Secretary of the Society told that
Jamia publishes Tagore in Urdu
The study has been done by the university's Department of Urdu under the Tagore Research and Translation Scheme funded by the Ministry of Culture. The book has been authored byrenowned critic and author Shamim Tarique and has been published by leading Urdu publishing house, Maktaba Jamia Limited. 

Spread over 15 sections, this 180-page book deals with different facets of Tagore and his works. Besides Tagore's time-period, family, birth, childhood, education, his interest in nature, visits and journey, marriage, household affairs, his character and personality, Tarique has thrown light on the creative journey of Tagore i.e. his poetry, music, drama, story, novel and painting
Learn Urdu in New Delhi and Hindi in Lahore
The Urdu Academy Delhi conducts a one-year certificate course in Urdu for non-Urdu speaking people free of cost every year, writes Andy Singh on the Aman ki Asha Facebook group. “I also learnt Urdu same way in 2005-06 and it's conducted by excellent teachers. Anyone desirous of joining this year can contact at address in pic.”

“If I can learn Urdu, anyone can. Moreover methodology matters. The aim here is to make you able to read and write in a year by some of the best scholars. You won’t feel for once that you are attending a class,” he added. When some Pakistani members of the Facebook Group responded that they would like to learn Hindi, others informed them of options, like lessons
Justice Katju asks media to refrain from maligning Muslims
By AN Shibli (NVOnews.Com)
New Delhi: Speaking on the image of Muslims in Media, Urdu lover and the newly elected Chairman of Press Council of India Justice Markand Katju said that communalism started in India in 1857. Though the behavior of Mahmood Ghaznavi was not good with the Hindu but the Nawab of Awadh had organized Ramlila and Tipu Sultan had given annual grant to 156 temples. Justice Katju was speaking in a special program organised in Urdu Bhavan by National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Lankguage.

Katju said that when the British knew that they are not getting success in India they started the strategy of divide and rule and the problem is that this is still continue. He said that as far as history is concerned, in a much planned way the historians gave a maligned and negative image of Muslims.
Urdu is deteriorating during the past half century
Hyderabad, (Siasat News) Although the geographical boundaries of Urdu are expanding but its linguistic boundaries are not expanding adequately. One of the important reasons is that the translation of the terminology of the new sciences is not gaining currency in the world.

There is a need to work for the promotion and sustenance of Urdu at International levels, otherwise it may not be possible for the friends of Urdu to convey their linguistic and cultural heritage to the younger generation
Urdu needs to be promoted at grassroots level: Sibal

NEW DELHI (NVONEWS): Speaking at National Council for the Promotion of Urdu language (NCPUL), Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Kapil Sibal said that Urdu needs to be promoted among the grassroots, and that this could be done by exposing people to the culture, films, art and music associated with Urdu. Urdu should play a part in Information and Technology too.

Praising Hamidullah Bhatt, director of NCPUL Kapil Sibbal said that Council is doing a very good job under the chairmanship of Hamidullah Bhatt. He advised the people... More...
Urdu in a globalised world

Languages the world over are said to be threatened by the newly emerged global order, which is said to have transformed the whole world into a global village. Has the world of Urdu tried to understand the challenges this phenomenon has brought for its language and literature? It was with this realisation that an international Urdu Conference was organised by the Express Media Group. Urdu scholars from different countries engaged in discussing problems faced by Urdu as a consequence of this changing world.

A number of questions, linguistic as well as literary, came under heated discussion in the two-day conference. One session which in particular attracted my attention explored Urdu’s literary position vis-à-vis world literature... More...
Making Shamim Immortal

For the past nine years, Qurat-ul-Ain is releasing a compiled collection of her brother, Shamim Ahmed Shamim’s work. Shamim was a noted Urdu journalist, writer and parliamentarian.

As has been the case for the past nine years, this year too, the latest edition of ‘Aina Numa’ was released among prominent personalities of the state by S.R. Kidwai, acting president of Anjuman i Tarraqi Urdu. More...

History of Urdu Journalism in India

Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee
Contrary to popular perception, Urdu is not the language of Muslims. It was a lashkari (soldier) language (the word ‘Urdu’ comes from the Turkish word ‘ordu’ meaning ‘camp’ or ‘army’), nourished during the period of Mughal emperor Shahjahahn. It had words from Persian and local languages. The purpose was to make communication easy among soldiers who were from different places: Arab, Turk and locals. Based on the Khariboli dialect of Delhi and Western Uttar Pradesh in the Indian subcontinent, Urdu developed under local Persian, Arabic, and Turkic influence over the course of almost 900 years. It began to take shape in what 3qais now Uttar Pradesh, India during the Delhi Sultanate (1206–1527), and continued to develop under the Mughal Empire (1526–1858).

Urdu is writtenm, from right to left just like Arabic and Persian. Urdu has 39 basic letters and 13 extra characters, all together 52 and most of these letters are from Arabic and a small quantity from Persian. It has almost all the 'sounds' available in any other language spoken in the world. More...

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