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Urdu nourishes India’s secular values, says Shatrughan Sinha

Urdu nourishes India’s secular values, says Shatrughan Sinha

L N MALLICK
Doha
URDU protects India’s secular values, noted Indian film actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha ha said. He was speaking at an event to mark the 60th anniversary of Bazme Urdu Qatar on Friday. Sinha was the chief guest at the event held at DPS-MIS School Auditorium in Al Wakrah. Former chairman of Central Board of Film Certification of India and film producer-director Pahlaj Nihalani also attended the event that saw the participation of a galaxy of poets from India and Pakistan.
Sinha congratulated members of the Bazm for inviting him to attend the celebrations. “It’s a matter of pride and honour that the sweet Urdu language, which is embedded in rich cultural traditions, belongs to us. Urdu is in our blood. Urdu, whether in the shape of songs or dialogues, has greatly helped in making our movies beautiful and attractive,” he said.
Sinha also referred to his characteristic ‘Khamosh’ much to the amusement of the audience. Earlier, Chief Patron of Bazme Urdu Qatar Muhammad Sabih Bukhari welcomed the guests and highlighted the contribution of the platform in promoting the Urdu language and literature since its inception in 1959.
“Urdu language spreads love and connects people wherever they live because they share common culture and traditions. We feel immense pleasure to honour Moutaz al Khayyat, the Group Chairman of Baladna which has helped make Qatar self-reliant in dairy products by importing 8,000 cows after blockade of Qatar, and Sadia Usman, who runs an NGO in Aligarh which distributes free food to needy people on daily basis,” remarked Bukhari, who is associated with many social, welfare, sports and literary organisations in Qatar and India. Al-Khayyat’s award was received by his representative.
Kamna Prasad, founder of Jashn-e-Bahar Trust, presided over the jam-packed international poetry symposium (mushaira).
The guest poets from India and Pakistan included Hassan Kazmi, Prof Menu Bakhshi, Imran Aami, Dr Bismil Arifi, Hashim Firozabadi, Dr Amber Abid, Aijaz Asad, Fauzia Rabab, Arif Ali Arif and Shadab Azmi. Qatar-based poets Shaukat Ali Naz, Ahmad Ashfaque, Mansur Azmi and Raquim Azmi also recited their poetry.
The main sponsors of the event were Satco Int’l Group, Baladna Food Industries Co and Gulf Lights. The other sponsors were Pepsi, Safa Pure Drinking Watar, homes r us, Coastal Qatar, Cape and Mega Market. Oman Air, Naseem Al Rabeeh, Golden Ocean Hotel, WWICS, Royal Regis, Al Basra Al Ain Tailors, HM City, Wallgrace Paints and Delhi Gates.
Bazme Urdu Qatar, which has members from both India and Pakistan, started Urdu literary activities in the Gulf almost six decades ago.

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