Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi released an Urdu poetry album called ‘Shayarana – Sartaj’. Javed Akhtar, who spoke at the ceremony, emphasised the significance of the Urdu language and the part Punjab played in its historical development and prominence. Javed Akhtar also asserted that Hindustan is the rightful owner of Urdu, not Pakistan or Egypt.
Javed Akhtar shares his views on Urdu language; says, “Urdu has not come from any other place, it is our own language”
Akhtar stated at the event, “Urdu has not come from any other place…it is our own language. It isn’t spoken outside Hindustan…Pakistan also came into existence after Partition from India, earlier it was a part of India only. So, the language isn’t spoken outside Hindustan…”
He said, “Punjab has a big contribution towards Urdu and it is the language of India! But why did you leave this language? Because of partition? Because of Pakistan? Urdu should be given attention. Earlier it was only Hindustan – Pakistan later separated from Hindustan. Now Pakistan said that Kashmir is ours…will you believe that? I think ‘No’! Likewise, Urdu is a Hindustan(i) language and it remains (so). Nowadays, new generation youths speak less Urdu and Hindi in our country. Today more focus is on English. We must speak in Hindi because it’s our national language”. He further added, “Language is not based on religions, but of regions. If language was based on religion, then the whole of Europe would have one language. That’s why the language is not of religion, but of the region.”
Javed Akhtar recently made a stir with his remarks about Pakistan. The perpetrators and conspirators of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks were still “roaming freely” in Pakistan, according to Akhtar, who was overheard admitting as much. In a video that went viral on social media, the poet-lyricist is heard allegedly talking about the “bitterness” that the 26/11 attacks had left in the hearts of Indians. Akhtar claimed that he has previously spoken things that were somewhat contentious and sensitive in nature in India and that he was not afraid to express his opinions in Pakistan.
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