Thursday, December 30, 2010

Urdu is our very own

Yesterday, the Governor of Karnataka, Shri Bharadwaj, said that forgetting the heritage of Urdu amounts to forgetting history itself, considering that so much of our past is intrinsically linked to the language. Urdu was an indigenous language born around Delhi, the very heart of India, he added. The country has a “historical commitment” to the language that should be upheld. Dismissing the view that the idea of secularism as a western import, he said rulers like Akbar are classic examples of indigenous secularism. “Secularism is within us, we only need to knock on our hearts to draw it out,” he said. 
India will reject forces that stifle any religion or language

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