Urdu not a language of just one community: Waseem Barelvi
- CBI sought part RTI exemption, Govt gave it full
- Screen Awards: Milkha, Ram-Leela and Madras Cafe dominate
- DGCA seeks fresh public objections after clearing AirAsia for take-off
- Delhi: 51-year-old Danish national alleges gangrape, 15 detained for questioning
- I wonder if I will be able to ever reunite with my husband, my kids. I miss them: Devyani
Renowned Urdu poet Waseem Barelvi has said it is wrong to say that Urdu is a language of only one community.
"I have no doubt in my mind that Urdu is not a language of the Muslims alone but it is something that was born and brought up in India and hence it would be wrong to associate it with only one community," Barelvi said.
During the pre-independence days, Urdu was the language of well-read people but this changed due to various reasons after the nation attained freedom, said Barelvi, the winner of the prestigious 'Firaq International' award.
Among all forms of art, there is no academy or institution where writing poetry can be taught although there are institutes for training in art forms like painting and music, he opined.
"Urdu poetry is very sweet since it expresses true feelings with full force...Poetry is a part of our existence and if you are a real poet, then the poetry will come from your heart," Barelvi said.
Waseem also expressed concern over the decline in learning the language by people.
Due to decrease in popularity of Urdu in basic and secondary education, including teaching and learning, as it is not job-oriented, Urdu suffered but despite that it gained culturally, he observed.
The noted poet also said that, "If we really think for the better future of our new generation and the nation, we must respect the religious, cultural and social heritage of each other."
- LIVE: Arvind Kejriwal targets Reliance Industries
- My heart bleeds to see what is happening in the House: ManmohanÂ Singh
- Sonia named Chairperson of Congress Campaign panel for LS polls, Rahul ViceÂ Chairman
- US free to interact with Modi, but must apply standards consistent with its policy on human rights:Â Khurshid