STATE TIMES NEWS Srinagar: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said on Saturday that Urdu had never belonged to a particular faith or sect, but there was a kind of “communal mentality” that is spreading a “malicious” propaganda about the language. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister underscored the need to give equal respect to local languages, alleging that homogeneity was being forced on the people of the country. “There was a kind of communal mentality that is spreading a malicious propaganda about the Urdu language. Urdu has never belonged to a particular sect or faith,” Abdullah said. “Urdu is a representative language of ‘Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb’ of India. The language has been watered by both Hindus and Muslims. The existence of Urdu language owes a lot to Munshi Premchand and others,” he said. The NC leader was addressing a gathering here after inaugurating the 23rd All India Urdu Book Fair, which is organised by the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) at the Kashmir University. Abdullah said the “rise” of communalism in the country was taking a toll on the language.
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