New Delhi : Most of the speakers at the World Urdu Conference organized by National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language titled Urdu Journalism: Past,
Present and Prospects admitted the positive role of Urdu journalism in promotion of Urdu language and literature.
They also expressed their views on importance and objectivity of Urdu journalism and its role in political and conscious awareness. Some of the speakers also expressed concern over the degrading standard of Urdu journalism.
The first session of the last day of the World Urdu Conference organized at Delhi University’s Conference Centre was begun with paper read by Abdus Salam Asim who spoke on the properties and shortcomings of Urdu journalism. In his paper, he said that Hindu Maha Sabha with Muslim League took help of Urdu journalism for the political movement in the independence movement period. Mehreen Qadira Hussein from Mauritius presented her paper “Literary magazines and literary services of Women.” She spoke on women editors services giving reference of three magazines.
Mukhtar Ahmad Fardeen presented his paper on collective review of journalism. Expressing his views over present day journalism he highlighted the importance of journalism and also spoke about its degradation. Dr. Sirajuddin Novakof from Tajikistan read out his paper with the title, “Urdu in Uzbekistan” and said that no newspaper in Urdu is published from his country but they have better teaching system for the language.
He further said that copies of Urdu newspaper, “Qaumi Awaz” used to be sent to Uzbekistan from which the students were benefitted. Ahmad Ashfaque from Qatar spoke on the present condition of Urdu journalism saying only the editors are not responsible for the betterment of the newspapers in terms of quality and content but the readers also have to be involved in this cause.
Nasrullah Malik from Denmark spoke on the journalism in the sub-continent. He suggested that the journalists from India and Pakistan should share ideas to strengthen cultural and political relations. Dr. Mohammad Kamran from Pakistan presented his paper on Urdu journalism’s journey in the past with reference of Sir Syed, Shibli, Abul Kalam Azad, Hasrat Mohani etc. who have played a great role in Urdu journalism.
Professor Sajjad Hussein presented his treatise on “Urdu journalism in Tamil Nadu” and spoke on the newspapers published in the state. He also said that newspapers from the state were not popular only in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu but also in the districts of UP. JNU Professor, Shahid Hussein (Retired) presented his paper which carried the atrocities faced by the Urdu journalists in detail. Dr. Amanullah also read out his paper.
The session was presided over by Javed Danish, Professor Shabnam Hameed, Karim Raza Mungeri, Padma Shree Muzaffar Hussein and Professor Zaman Azurda while the session was conducted by Shoaib Raza Fatmi.
In the second session Dr. Rashid (Bangladesh), Tashiana Shamtali (Mauritius), Professor Tash (Uzbekistan), Dr. Rafiuddin Nasir, Dr. AbrarRahmani, Dr. Jamil Akhter, Professor Mustafa Hussein and Professor Tahseen Firaqi read out their papers.
Topics like Urdu journalism and Indian Government, Women in Journalism, Abdul Majid Daryabadi – a pioneer of principled journalism, Urdu journalism Muslim clerics, 200 years of Urdu journalism were covered in the session.
The session as presided over by Zubair Rizvi, Dr. Ather Farooqui, Dr. Ailan and Padmashree Muzaffar Hussein. The session was conducted by Dr. Mushtaque Alam Quadri. A drama – Mein Urdu hoon was also staged which the audience enjoyed very much.