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Thursday, August 18, 2011

'Read And Buy Urdu Newspaper' campaign succeeds in Delhi: Will you subscribe an Urdu paper now?

Activists selling Urdu paper to policeman Subash Chand
It was heartening to see the recent campaign in Delhi that aimed at popularizing Urdu newspapers and urging readers to buy them.

Almost 1,500-2,000 Urdu newspapers were sold at the spot in a matter of few hours. This is a positive step as it shows activism on part of the Urdu-speaking populace.

Rather than keeping expectations from the governments, it's the job of the speakers of a language to take care of it. That Urdu lovers hit the street is definitely a welcome sign.

Daily Sahafat's Mohammad Anjum reported that the campaign was launched at the gate of Jama Masjid. The organisation members marched to Matia Mahal and adjoining areas for the 'Akhbar Faroshi Tehreek'.

Clearly, the success of this drive shows that there is no lack of readers if the newspapers have quality and content. Activists representing various fields had gathered after reciting 'fatiha' at the grave of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, and began approaching traders and citizens, urging them to buy the Urdu newspapers.

The Urdu lovers were asked to support these papers and make it a habit to buy papers rather than borrow it from a neighbour or a shop owner. The activists stressed on the fact that Urdu papers' existence is vital, as they raise issues concerning Muslim population apart from creating awareness among minorities.

International Human Rights Protection Association (IHRPA) head Shameem Ahmad, Head of Department (Urdu) Dayal Singh College Dr Maula Bakhsh, editor Andaleeb daily M Mustaqeem Khan, poet Shoaib Raza Fatmi, Dr MR Qasmi, Sahafat bureau chief Dr Mumtaz Alam Rizvi, journalists representing Akhbar-e-Nau, Hamara Samaj were part of the drive.

Earlier, activists have sold Urdu papers like Azad Hind and Akhbar-e-Mashriq in similar fashion in Muslim pockets in Kolkata in the past. The fact that governments don't give enough attention to either civic issues or other problems that are written about in Urdu papers should be a cause of concern, said speakers.

The participants in the drive urged people to buy Urdu papers so that it sends a clear message to Centre and State governments that the language is alive. The fact is that over the years, Urdu journalism has made fast strides in India, particularly, since late 90s.

After the launch of Roznama Sahara, the multi-edition Sahafat, Aag, new papers in Hyderabad and J&K, Urdu newspapers are now visible though they aren't reaching readers in far-flung colonies and new areas due to lack of proper distribution network.

Now the papers are attractive and also carry kids' and women's sections though there is still lack of adequate cartoon strips. Children are drawn towards papers due to cartoons and editors of the Urdu papers must realise this important aspect.

For years Urdu papers have focused on politics and neglected children. Few papers have daily cartoon strips. They must strike chord with the young generation, particularly, teenagers and kids. Besides, proper attention should be given to on-spot reporting, career guidance, sports and women's issues.

Most Urdu papers are now on the internet and this also shows the change sweeping across Urdu journalism in India. If you are a Urdu speaker, subscribe an Urdu paper. This will be your biggest service to your mother tongue. Will you do that?

[Photo courtesy Urdu daily Sahafat, Delhi]


Pinku said...

Hi Bhai,

I am coming here after a long while. Infact am not blogging as frequently as i used to...and even browsing is not very frequent.

Just came by to wish you a very happy rakhsha bandhan.

Have a great and safe year :)

urdudaaN said...

Will certainly do it.

indscribe said...

@Pinku: Thank you sis for remembering. :) It feels so good.

@urdudaaN: Janaab, I know, you do it even otherwise.

Lokesh said...

Urdu is a fascinating language; unfortunately, I don't know the script (alphabet) so can't read it. Do any of the Urdu newspapers/magazines use any other script such as Devnagiri or Latin?

indscribe said...

Lokesh bhai...there are some papers in a couple of cities like Lucknow, Mumbai and Bhopal. Even in Delhi a weekly paper was started sometime back, but I wonder if it continues publication.

There have been experiments. If some big group gives it a try, it can probably succeed.

JaLpArI - tHe MeRmAiD said...

Assalam alaykum brother . . Coming here after a long time. .
I aint getting feeds from your blog . .
Am facing the same problem as Lokesh mentioned. . . I find it very difficult to read the script. . . Arabic comes with all the zers and zabars but in Urdu we dont always write the matras . . . That is a BIG problem for me :( PLUS i dont even know the meanings of many words. It's strange how my parents never thot about teaching me my own mother tongue. :(
nowadays ppl have realized that Urdu is disappearing, and it has been made compulsory for Urdu speaking kids at the maktab where I used to go to. I think it's very important to keep the language alive in our children. . . Otherwise what exactly would be the use of cartoons . . I hope the scene is better than mine for others . . .

girish pankaj said...

दुश्मन को भी गले लगाओ आज ईद है
खाओ सेवई और खिलाओ आज ईद है
बहुत दिनों से दीद न हम तेरे कर पाए
आओ इसी बहाने आओ आज ईद है
रोज़े ने हमको कितना मज़बूत किया है
अल्ला के बन्दे हो जाओ आज ईद है
क्या मुस्लिम,क्या हिन्दू हर त्यौहार सभी के
नादानो को ये समझाओ आज ईद है
हो गए हैं दीदार चाँद के छत पर आओ
अब तो इतना मत शरमाओ आज ईद है
ईद मनाओ फिर गणपति का स्वागत करना
मिलजुल कर त्यौहार मनाओ आज ईद है
खुशियाँ बाँटो खुशबू बन कर फैलेगी ये
पंकज ऐसे गीत सुनाओ आज ईद है.