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‘Urdu is our own language’: Javed Akhtar says Urdu belongs to Hindustan – Life & StyleNews WAALI

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Indian screenwriter, lyricist and poet, Javed Akhtar along with his wife, actress Shabana Azmi recently launched an Urdu poetry album ‘Shayarana – Sartaj’. Speaking at the event, Akhtar emphasized the importance of the Urdu language and the role Punjab played in its growth and prominence, it was reported Times of Hindustan.

Speaking at the event, Akhtar said that Urdu does not belong to Pakistan or Egypt, it belongs to ‘Hindustan’.

“Urdu has not come from anywhere else… it is our language. It is not spoken outside Hindustan…Pakistan also came into being after the Partition of India, earlier it was a part of India only. Therefore, the language is not spoken outside Hindustan.”

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He added that “Punjab makes a big contribution towards Urdu and it is the language of India. But why did you leave this language? Because of partition? Because of Pakistan? Attention should be paid to Urdu.”

“These days, the youth of a new generation speak less Urdu and Hindi in our country. Today there is more focus on English. We must speak in Hindi because it is our national language,” he elaborated.

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He further said, “Language is not based on religions, but on regions. If language was based on religion, then the whole of Europe would have one language.”

Akhtar was recently embroiled in a controversy over statements about Pakistan. While attending the Faiz Festival in Lahore last month he said that the perpetrators and conspirators of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks were still “roaming freely” in Pakistan.

Akhtar was responding to someone in the audience, saying, “When you visit your homeland, do you tell your fellow citizens, ‘We (Pakistanis) are good people, not only we bomb people but also salute with garlands?’”

“Blaming each other will not solve our problems. We saw how Mumbai was attacked. They (terrorists) did not come from Norway or Egypt. They still roam freely in your country. So you should not be offended if there is grouse and bitterness in Indian hearts during the 26/11 attacks,” Akhtar said.

He continued, saying, “We will not hesitate to say that although we have organized so many grand functions of Nusrat (Fateh Ali Khan) sahab and Mehdi Hassan sahab in our country, you could not organize a single event of Lata (Mangeshkar). )ji.”