Sunday, January 23, 2011
The Bollywood personality, who was in the Pink City to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) at the Diggi Palace here, spoke at length about Urdu language, literature, culture and said it did not belong to a particular caste or community.
"I want to dispel the impression prevailing in a section that Urdu is Pakistan’s language with clarification that the language has rich literature and work about Hindu religion, Purana(s), festivals, Hindu deities, Gods, Goddesses, Ram, Krishna, Radha and Ganga and moreover about Hindu culture, life and philosophy," he said.
Conceding the need and importance of English learning, the lyricist said, "English is essential but that should not take us away from our mother tongue, regional and national languages."
"It is true that English medium schools are making our children more competent but at the same time these institutions are taking us away from our mother language," he cautioned.