Bhopal: The annual grand show of
Urdu ke Aangan MeiN was jointly inaugurated Maharashtra Chief
Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Prof. (Mrs.) Fauzia Tahseen Khan,
who is the Minister of State holding the portfolios of Cultural
Affairs, General Administration, Information & Public Relations,
Minorities Development (including Auqaf), Protocol, School
Education, Women & Child Development.
The show was organized for four days from October 7-10, 2011 in
the Urdu Nagri of the Parbhani District. This
cultural-cum-educational programme is mainly aimed at showing the
relevance of the Urdu language, its history and its deep impact on
the culture of the people in general. This is the second
exhibition as Urdu ke Angan MeiN was first organized in Aurangabad
According to a Press release the Urdu ke Aangan MeiN is the result
of the creative thinking of Prof. (Mrs.) Fauzia Tahseen Khan, who
is known for her commitment to the cause of the weaker sections of
society. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan
graced this programme along with other Ministers and political
The programme started with the beautiful songs of the three youth
singers of Parbhani. Former Minister of Auqaf, Mazhar Husain in
his inaugural address appreciated the role of the State government
vis-à-vis Urdu. Then the Iftikha-e-Millat Award was given to six
social activists and scholars by the Chief Minister.
In her address in the presence of the Chief Minister Chavan, Mrs.
Fauzia Khan said that Urdu ke Aangan MeiN is an attempt aimed at
‘discovering the self’. She recognised that the State government
is doing a lot with good intentions but many things remain to be
done by it. She asked the government to raise the budget share for
millions of minorities. She demanded to create Minority
Directorate for the welfare of minorities along with other demands
for girls, women, education and health. The Chief Minister
launched Contact Number 102 for the people of Maharashtra to call
Ambulance for the deliveries of babies with all expenses.
Health Minister Suresh Shetti announced from the stage to launch
for the first time in the history of Maharashtra, Call No. 108 to
call Ambulance with doctors to reach the house within 20 minutes.
About 10 to 12 children of 5/6 years of age strolled to the Chief
Minister with a charter of demands which was read out by Khalid
Saifuddin. The demands included: raising the budget for
minorities, acceptance of the Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission
Report, Minority Welfare Directorate, to accept Urdu as the second
language and nominate Dilip Kumar for Bharat Ratna award.
The Chief Minister announced various health schemes. He said that
Urdu is the language of India and its is a special language of the
country. It was a link language during the British rule and it has
valuable contributions to the freedom struggle of India. He
promised that there will be no scarcity of the fund. Minority
Welfare Directorate will be established soon and officers will be
deputed in the minority concentrated districts. He said that the
demands made here will be discussed seriously in the cabinet
meeting. He expressed his feelings of Bhaichara at this grand
function. He stressed on protecting the friendly environment which
is being challenged by some parties and groups.
On the cultural and educational fronts, famous poets, Ghazal
singers, Qawwals and folk singers made their presentations in Urdu
ke Aangan MeiN. There were also seminars on the right to
education, protection of culture, language and branches of arts.
Daf Marfa (Arabic music and song) was presented by the Chaush
community of Parbhani, who had joined the services of the Nizam as
security guards after migrating from Yemen. Dholak ke Geet,
Nada-e-Faqeer, Urdu ka Chaupal, Urdu ka Jadoo, programmes were
also organized which identified the uniqueness of the Urdu
language and its followers.
This unique programme has a great future not only in Maharashtra
but also in the whole country which can be imitated by other
States. It was organized in the District but its impact national.
Such programmes would certainly boost the values and principles of
communal harmony and national integration in India, the release