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Pathetic state of the Urdu Minority in Tamilnadu, India

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The Urdu speaking community of Tamilnadu submits the following petition: Our tongue used to be alternative to English till the recent past, and as start-up language in our schools. But national and state tampering has decimated the currency of our language and torn and scattered our socio-cultural fabric. The Government had faked protection of Urdu in the drifted sands of time, making little contribution to it other than an occasional hand-out and now completes its burial by doing away with it. The other regional languages are fine in their states, not so Urdu which is denied sustenance everywhere. The politicians in power have started several channels for those languages but vindictively trashed Urdu to create contempt for it and render it unpreferable to its speakers. If entrusted to skilled and able manpower, Urdu will fetch much more advertisement money for this enterprise than any other language. The language of at least 11% of the nation, it has just two satellite channels after more than 40 years (DD Urdu and ETV Urdu). Depriving Urdu of its legitimate right is unconstitutional and unjust. Urdu was born of inter-action of races, cultures and civilizations, and not just of a particular culture. The British rulers gave a superior status to it than Farsi, and called it Hindustani over the rest of the languages. Since Independence it has been progressively throttled by vindictive chauvinism. With the opportunity for employment removed, literacy in Urdu is nearly wiped out. Urdu was predominant after English in the libraries of Tamilnadu until it was erased with the advent of the DMK rule. All genres of its literature are now forgotten, its community alienated, and financially decimated. Even the migrant gypsy community has its language and culture protected in the European constitution. But the Government of Tamilnadu has taken away this fundamental right of the minority citizen wishing to speak his language of birth and thereby hurt his employment opportunities, by making Tamil compulsory in elementary schools. When even adopted children are brought up in their parental language, why does the Government of Tamilnadu force Tamil on non-Tamil children in the primary class? We are all enthusiastic for Tamil and have urged the Chief Minister to promote it, but not to erase Urdu. Long live Tamil, and please allow Urdu to be.

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