Make Urdu Compulsory for Kids Till Class 5: Katju
Classical Urdu and Persian poet Mirza Ghalib should be honoured with the country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna, PCI Chairman Markandey Katju has said.

"There has been injustice with Urdu in the country. People associate a particular religion with this language. This is a 'divide and rule' policy. Few people know that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh writes his speech in Urdu.

"I believe Mirza Ghalib should be given Bharat Ratna posthumously. If Sardar Vallabhai Patel and B R Ambedkar can be given awards after their deaths, why cant Ghalib be given?" Katju said at the 15th edition of 'Jashn-e-Bahar', an Urdu poetry symposium attended by poets from India, Pakistan, the US and other countries, here last night.

Union Minister Kapil Sibal, known for his penchant for poetry, read out two of his poems at the event.

"Urdu, if propagated, will spread love and peace. India will be incomplete if it doesn't take Urdu in its stride. Urdu is not a language of the intellectuals, it is of the common man. I believe English, Hindi and Urdu should be taught in every school... There should be Google (version) in Urdu, also mobile handsets should have Urdu letters," Sibal said.

The open-air seating against a candle-lit stage with modern calligraphy by late painter M F Husain, was in sync with the mood of the evening. Among the foreign participants who drew wide applause were Max Bruce (the US) and Hiroji Kataoka (Japan).

Veteran Urdu poets believe such mushairas (poetic symposiums) help in flourishing the language. "In fact, non-Muslim families are helping a great deal in the process. It is time that Muslim families make their own children learn Urdu," poet and Vice-Chairman of National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language, Waseem Barelvi told PTI.

JBT founder Kamna Prasad echoed similar views.

"It is time to come together and petition the government that Urdu teaching be made compulsory at least till Class V... We can only suggest. But it's our responsibility to make sure that our coming generations are familiar with our composite culture," she said.

The event witnessed a youth, affiliated to Hindu Yuva Vahini, shouting slogans against the participation of Pakistani poets. He was taken out of the venue by police.
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14/D-138
Apr 14, 2013
10:18 PM

 It would be intersting to know if the person putting dislike in each of the below comment is same or different and what is his identity.

I suspect it is the same person who has marked the only dislike in each of the thirteen mails below. 

Anyway, much water has flown since language issue troubled the nation.

However, you can't blame Katju for lack of effort,

Atul Chandra, mUMBAI
13/D-132
Apr 14, 2013
09:08 PM

 These two kashmiris are traitors as usual,further most kashmiris, whether hindus or muslims are traitors (Including the pandits of kashmir)

harish naik, bangalore
12/D-93
Apr 14, 2013
01:37 PM

Ha Ha Ha

Sometimes I think he is bringing up every parivar taboo just to get their goat!

kishoredasmunshi, Kolkatta
11/D-68
Apr 14, 2013
10:25 AM

Kapil Sibal won the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat by licking the dirty Muslim shoes.But this time being a little shaky,he wants to please the Muslims more intensly by talking about Urdu.Katjus and Sibals will even sell the country if it is going to benifit them.

S.S.Nagaraj, Bangalore
10/D-30
Apr 14, 2013
04:50 AM

"  People associate a particular religion with this language. This is a 'divide and rule' policy."

Ironically this is exact reason why Sibal and congress todie Katju are bringing this up a year before the general election. This is also a valid demand in secular India. If someone so called Sanghi had demanded same thing about Sanskrit, we would have seen secular bridgade all over it accusing them of attempt to communalise the education. 

Urdu is a beatiful language. Let us keep it out of politics. 

Maha, NJ
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