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Urdu is language of love and deep culture, says Hamid Ansari in Bhiwandi
Sunday November 24, 2013 0:45 AM, & Agencies

Hamid Ansari in Bhiwandi Inaugurating a national conference on Urdu at Bhiwandi, some 60 kms from here, Vice President Mohammaed Hamid Ansari on Saturday said Urdu is the sixth largest language in the country and stressed the need for development of the "beautiful language".

"There are five crore speakers of Urdu which is the sixth largest language in the country. It's strength lies in four characteristics. It is the language of revolution, language of love, language of deep culture and also the language of war," Ansari said at the conference with the theme 'Urdu in the 21st Century'.

The conference coincided with silver jubilee celebrations of G.M. Momin Women's college – the institution established by Konkan Muslim Education Society in 1989.

The Vice-President drew attention to words from other languages being adapted by Urdu "which has grown exponentially due to Internet and is now reaching the whole world".

"Urdu is a historical language. After 1947, Urdu developed selectively in India. It developed well in some parts but lagged behind in others," the Vice-President said.

Regretting that Urdu could not become popular the way it should have been, Ansari said Maharashtra is one place where the language developed well.

"Urdu could not get popularity and progress more due to lack of institutional structure and trained teachers. But it survived on its inherent strength," Ansari observed.

Stating that Urdu was not restricted to India and Pakistan but has become a global language, he said "Use of Urdu in film industry has added to its strength and book could be written on it."

Stating that development of Urdu should begin at home, he said, "One should take responsibility to spread Urdu by speaking it at home and place of work. It is the responsibility of each person to spread this beautiful language."

"Bhiwandi is a historical place where people from different parts of the country are staying and Urdu has become a local language," Ansari said.

Vice President Mohd. Hamid Ansari also released a Urdu poetry book written by school children of G.M. Momin Women's College.

The conference, organised with a focus to link the Urdu language with technology, will continue on Sunday and will conclude with a Mushaera later in the evening.

[Photo Caption: Vice President Mohd. Hamid Ansari releasing a Urdu poetry book written by school children of K M E society's G.M., College Bhiwandi, at inaugural function of National conference on "Urdu in the 21th Century", at Bhiwandi Dist. Thane, Maharashtra on November 23, 2013. The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri K. Sankaranarayanan and other dignitaries are also seen.]

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