Javed Akhtar, a famous lyricist in Bollywood, is in the news again after voicing his opinion on Urdu. While accompanying his wife Shabana Azmi at the launch of the Urdu poetry album Shayarana – Sartaj, Akhtar made this remark. At the ceremony, he went on to declare that Urdu actually belongs to “Hindustan” and not to Pakistan or Egypt.
Akhtar spoke to reporters on the occasion and said, “Urdu is a language we have created; it has no external origin. No one outside Hindustan speaks it. Pakistan was just a part of India before him and India was partitioned, creating Pakistan. Thus the language is not used outside Hindustan.’
The language of India, Urdu, has received a significant contribution from Punjab, he continued. But why did you leave this dialect? because of the partition? as a result of Pakistan? Urdu deserves attention. Before the separation of Pakistan from Hindustan, there was only Hindustan.
Will you believe Pakistan’s claim that Kashmir belongs to us? I believe “No”! Similar to Hindi, Urdu is still a Hindustani language (so). Urdu and Hindi are now less frequently spoken by the youth of our nation. Now, more attention is paid to English. Hindi must be used as it is our national language.
Akhtar said that language is based on an area and not a particular religion. If religion was the determining factor in language, then Europe as a whole would speak one language. Because of this, the language is not religious, but regional, the author continued.
Although I haven’t done this in a long time, I wanted to. Apart from expressing his love for all languages and his admiration for famous Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, he also made controversial remarks about the freedom of the terrorists responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to roam in Pakistan, angering many.