New Delhi: Every year on November 9, Allama Iqbal, the great philosophical poet’s birth anniversary, has been observed as ‘yum-e-Urdu’ (Urdu Day) since 1997 in various parts of India and in the Urdu world. The event, organized by the Urdu Development Organization (UDO), a non-governmental organization, is working for the promotion of the Urdu language across the country. Its main event will be held in the National Capital.
The Association of Alumni and the Madras University Urdu Department have joined hands with the UDO chapter in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to host the event in Chennai. The President of the
Tamil Nadu and Karnataka chapter, Dr. Obaidullah Baig, announced during the meeting of the World Urdu Day Organizing Committee that this year’s celebration of World Urdu Day will also take place in Chennai on November 9. We are appreciative of Madras University, Prof. Amanullah, Chairman of the Urdu Department, for offering cooperation in organizing the World Urdu Day celebration, as well as the teachers of other friendly Urdu organizations, such as Vellore, Visharam, Vanambari, etc., who also promised to ensure the event’s success.
The Government of Tamil Nadu’s Block Educational Officer for Urdu, V. M. Habibur Rehman, also declared his support for the event. Dr. Baig went on to say that Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have a bright future for Urdu.
Senior journalist Masoom Moradabadi stated that it is great that Dr. Baig is planning the Urdu Day ceremony on November 9 on a big scale for the first time. It is hoped that the states of the South will also actively promote Urdu.
According to Dr. Syed Ahmed Khan, the initiator and convener of World Urdu Day, the Urdu Development Organization (UDO) and United Muslim of India (UMI) began celebrating Allama Iqbal’s birthday, November 9, as ‘Urdu Day’ twenty-five years ago. The results of the initiated sequence of events are starting to manifest. Dr. Khan went on to say that in order to prevent disappointment for Urdu-speaking kids, both the federal and provincial governments should make sure that Urdu teachers are appointed to central schools under any circumstances.