Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Down with Urdu cultural Imperialism

Do you know that in Pakistani schools, colleges and universities
students are taught almost exclusively about the literary and
lingustic heritage of Urdu speaking regions which are in India
instead of the great literary and linguistic heritage of those lands
which form Pakistan??

We ask our Punjabi brothers, sisters, intellectuals and opinion
leaders to join us (the Baloch, Sindhis, Saraikis and Pashtuns) to
demand that only Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashtu, Saraiki and Balochi should
be declared as national languages and media of primary and middle
instruction and that Saraiki should immediately replace Urdu as the
inter-provincial contact language / lingua franca.

There is no other country in the world except Pakistan where the
mother tongue of a very small minority (Urdu speakers) is declared as
the only 'national' lanuage and as the only or most preferred medium
of instruction and communication. Also remember that this small
minority is composed of the refugees (panahgirs) who came from the
Urdu speaking regions of India after the creation of Pakistan.

Dear Punjabis, join us to get rid of Udrdu cultural imperialism.

Malek Towghi

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