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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Translating Norway's anthem in Urdu: European countries' effort to integrate Asian immigrants

European countries never fail to surprise you. In Norway there is debate over the demand to translate their national anthem in Urdu so that the immigrants who are unable to understand the anthem can easily sing it and understand it.

'Ja vi elsker' is the initial line of the anthem (We love our country). The need for translation arises as it is felt that it could be tough for speakers of other languages.

After translation, the meaning would reach a larger populace and it will also will help them hum in along with others

I have gathered that there has been already a translation. The debate is going on. The fact that they discuss it speaks volumes of the efforts of many European countries to integrate immigrants.

I don't think Urdu speakers are more than 3-4% in Norway. And ironically, in Uttar Pradesh,te heartland of Urdu and India, that has 20-30% Urdu speakers, a law does not allow you to open a school in Urdu medium.

This law was promulgated soon after partition in UP alone by the then Congress government, in the communally surcharged atmosphere post 1947. [Norway is on extreme right in yellow, Sweden in the middle and Finland is on the right].

4 comments:

PyRo said...

ur site is really informative budd.

PyRo said...

today i got a disturbin mail bout muslims and din know wut to reply to those who sent it.
may b i can send it to you. my id is
firozz@gmail.com

urdudaaN said...

It is disturbing to know that "in UP, a law does not allow you to open a school in Urdu medium". Since it is hard to believe, Cud u pls reinforce this with some specific info or pointers?

indscribe said...

The law exists for the last 50 years. There is not a single Urdu medium school (not even primary school). After partition overnight all Urdu schools were forcibly coverted to Hindi medium. Even though Urdu was made second official language in late 80s, speaker Kesri Nath Tripathi had refused legislators to take oath in Urdu. In all other states Urdu medium schools are running but in UP the homeland of Urdu, the language was killed. No such example of linguistic genocide is there in world history where almost 5 crore speakers of a language in state are denied the right to study in their language. The Congress leaders like Seth Govind Das, Purushottam Das Tandon and Sampoornanand did their best to kill the language. This is despite the fact that Muslims form 19% of UPs population unlike states where Muslims are less than 5% but Urdu medium schools abound. Itna kuchh hai kya kya likhein...