Arif Beg addressing the national
Despite neglected by the Corporate Houses to issue commercial
advertisements, the Urdu newspapers are safe from the vices of
sensationalism, blackmailing and paid news nowadays prevalent in
the news world.
The Urdu journalism is not in conflict with that of Hindi while
English journalism poses challenge to both as it has captured most
of the resources and large number of readers being overawed by it
due to their subjugation mentality are promoting it unconsciously
without giving a thought to the repercussions.
The above views were stated by the Editor of Siasat Mr. Amir Ali
Khan, published simultaneously from Hyderabad Bangalore, while
speaking at a National seminar on “Urdu Journalism: Challenges and
Expectations” at Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of
Journalism and Communication, (MCNUJC), here on Saturday.
At the end of the day-long national seminar Prof. Brajkishore
Kuthiyal, Vice Chancellor of MCNUJC, stressed on opening competent
news agency in Urdu and appealed to get rid of English habits. He
announced that he would keep proposal of teaching Urdu journalism
in the form of optional subject in the masters course of
university of journalism. He is prepared to give cooperation for
giving training to Urdu media institutes.
Earlier, Prof. Kuthiyala, delivered the welcome address in the
inaugural session. He said that the objective of this symposium is
to prepare material for working plan regarding Urdu Journalism. He
added that Urdu is not a language of any particular section or
some people rather it is language of the nation. He opined that
Urdu has vital role in development of nation.
Mr. Amir, the main speaker at the seminar, said Pakistan claims
Urdu to be its national language but the first Udru digital
newspaper in the world was “The Siasat Daily” which was published
from Hyderabad. Pakistan has not given due credit to Urdu.
“Pakistan is the greatest enemy of Urdu after partition of the
country. He said Urdu newspapers are the most secular of all the
newspapers in the country. He reasoned that the trend of
’advertorials’ has not yet been started in Urdu journalism. Urdu
journalism is away from any sensationalism of news. The culture of
‘Page 3’ is yet not introduced in Urdu newspaper,” he pointed out.
He argued that it’s not Urdu but English newspapers which have
challenges to face. English newspapers are under threat because of
the emergence of new alternative media.
He informed that his Siasat newspaper has done investigative
stories uncovering many scandals, corruption cases and Human Right
violations. He added that Urdu journalism has its dignity but
primary problem of Urdu newspapers is dearth of good translators.
“The biggest responsibility of vernacular newspaper is to keep the
communal passions under control whereas its biggest challenge is
to keep the readers in its touch as people are moving towards
English newspapers ”, opined Mr. Amir Ali while addressing the
Arif Beg, the former Central Minster and chief guest of the
conference, began with an Urdu couplet “Siyasat ko lahu peene ki
lat hai, Watan mein waise to sab khairiyat hai”. He said that it
is quite strange to get estranged in our country. Recalling the
freedom movement he said that Urdu played a vital role and gave
the well known slogan “Inqalab Zindabad” to achieve Independence
from the yoke of the British rule. He lamented that now people are
neglecting it. He suggested making a proper strategy for the
development and recognition of Urdu.
Special guest on the occasion was Qaari Mohammad Miyaan Mazhari,
the Editor of “Secular Qayadat” (Delhi). He said Hindi is the
elder sister of Urdu and both can coexist without infringing the
rights of one another. He said that Urdu journalism is symbol of
Journalist from Hissar Ms Firdous Khan said that there is basic
difference in the thinking of Hindi, Urdu and English newspapers.
She reasoned that progress of Urdu language is dependent on people
whose mother tongue is Urdu and on the government.
Jagran Hindi newspaper editor Sarvadan Pathak said that primary
problem of Urdu newspapers is lack of resources and readers. He
reasoned that there is coordination between Urdu and Hindi
journalists but there is lack of coordination in newspapers’
management of these two languages.
While All India Radio, Bhopal Correspondent Sharique Noor said
that once upon a time government language of Bhopal was Urdu and
Bhopal was its forte Urdu. He reasoned that if Urdu journalism has
to be promoted then Urdu education in school should be promoted.
Other speakers that participated in the conference were Asad Raza,
Bureau chief in Sahara Udru Roznama, Delhi, Masoom Moradabadi.
Editor of Jadeed Khabar, Delhi, veteran Arif Aziz of The Daily
Nadeem (Bhopal), senior journalist Tahseen Munawwar (New Delhi),
Mrs. Marzia Arif etc. expressed their views and many more
personalities were present on the occasion.
The seminar was held in three sessions where challenges and
expectations, problems and solutions and teaching and expectations
of Urdu Journalism were discussed. The vote of thanks were
proposed by Raghvendra Singh, Dr. Pavitra Shrivastava and Prof.
Ashish Joshi in different sessions. Prominent among those present
on this occasion included Chatanya Purushottam Agarwal, SK Trivedi,
Deepak Sharma. Pushpendrapal Singh and others. The seminar was
conducted by Mr. Sanjay Dwivedi with aplomb.