Plight of Urdu

Updated 05 February 2013
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Plight of Urdu

It is very sad to write that Urdu is being marginalized in India, especially in Maharashtra. The proof is that Central Board Of Secondary Education which is a government institution, recently conducted Net 2013 exams, (national eligibility cum entrance test) for the entrance of M.B.B.S. and B.D.S. courses.
This test is conducted in India in many regional languages such as Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Urdu etc.
But this time, there was no Urdu paper for Net 2013 exam. And the surprising factor is that there is no junior college in Marathi, but Net 2013 exam paper was available in Marathi.
Due to biased attitude of the Maharashtra government toward Urdu, 6,000 students of Urdu may be deprived of 29 courses in the medical study programs. According to many, it is an open conspiracy against Urdu.
I think, influential Urdu lovers, holding important posts in politics and business, should come forward to save the language. — Anees Lokhande, Alkhobar


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia