New Delhi : Addressing the first session of the 3rd World Urdu Conference titled, “Two Hundred Years of Urdu Journalism: Past, Present and Future Prospects”, organized by NCPUL (National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language), Minority Affairs Minister Dr. Najma Heptulla said that injustice was meted out to Urdu by Associating it with religion.
She expressed her views over the responsibilities of Urdu journalism and said Urdu language has no business opportunities these days. Urdu newspapers are not supported by industries thus creating a problem for its survival.
She also said that we are in need to prepare such an internal mechanism which can show whether we are on the right path. Integrity and honesty must be the watchword for a journalist as a wrong news item can affect a number of people hence it is the responsibility of the newspaper publishers to avoid such things.
Dr. Najma further said that Urdu language has its origin intact because it is the language of the common man and Urdu has its broad canvas other than any language. She also spoke about the journalistic services of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and added that Maulana gave a vision to the Urdu journalism.
She further stated that with “Al-Hilal” and “Al-Balagh”, Maulana tried to take Muslims out of the stagnancy they were facing that time.
The Urdu Council Director, Professor Irteza Karim said Urdu newspapers must reject yellow journalism altogether and that the newspapers have their own collective responsibility. Appreciating the the Indian government, he said that the NCPUL which has 80 crore rupees as its budget, happens to be largest Urdu institution in the world.
A number of delegates from almost 25 countries presented their papers on 200 years of Urdu Journalism. Jawed Danish read out his paper referring the “Ghadar” newspaper published from North America whose editor was Hardayal Singh. This paper had played a pivotal role in love for the country for the immigrants.
Shahid Latif, Editor of Urdu newspaper, “Inquilab” expressed in his treatise on prospects of Urdu journalism saying that modern technology has provided Urdu newspapers the same provisions which are enjoyed by the newspapers of other languages. Net edition and e-papers have made their journey easy for Urdu journalism.
Dr. Alain Desoulieres from France presented his views giving reference of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s “Al-Hilal” as to how modern it was and was second to none even when compared to the French newspapers.
Wajihuddin, senior journalist, The Times of India presented his paper on, “The present condition of Urdu journalism and its prospects.”
Ahmad Suhail, renowned critic from the US, presented his paper on two magazines, namely, “Adab-e-Lateef (Lahore)” and “Shayar (Mumbai).” He talked about the review of literary services of both the magazines.
Celebrated critic Professor Abul Kalam Quasmi in his rendition, “Condition of Urdu Magazines”, categorically said that literary journalism has lost its charm owing irresponsible editorial commentaries that are found wanting on quality and content. Zain Shamsi, joint editor of the Urdu daily, “Khabrein” presented his eye-opener on Urdu Journalism — a thoroughly researched treatise. Shakeel Ahmad Sabrahdi from Bahrain also presented his paper in the session.
The session was presided over by Zamin Jaffri, Shahid Siddiqui, Syed Faisal Ali and Shafi Mashhadi while it was ably conducted by Tasneem Kausar.
The second session was started with the paper presented by Zafar Anwar Shakarpuri who expressed his views on history and origin of Urdu Journalism. Dr. Mohammad Ghulam Rabbani from Bangladesh read out his paper on “Urdu Journalism in Bangladesh”. Dr. Saima Eram from Lahore, Pakistan raised some important questions in connection with journalism. Professor Shafey Qidwai spoke on “New communication and Urdu journalism” while Aziz Nabeel from Qatar presented his paper on review of origin of Urdu literary journalism. Expert at law, Khwaja Abdul Muntaqim, Dr. Asif Ali Adil from Mauritius and Sohail Anjum presented their papers in this session.
The session was presided over by Professor Siddiqur Rahman Qidwai, Paigham Afaqi, Fauzia Chaudhary, Jawed Danish and Rauf Khan. Doctor Qamar Tabrez conducted the session in an impressive way.