Urdu as a language is growing at a fast pace but its script has not kept up and is shrinking, according to a noted Urdu poet who say the need of the hour is to start treating technology as a facilitator for preserving the language.
“We should stop treating technology as our enemy. Urdu needs to be inculcated into the youth and technology plays a very important role in it,” says Amjad Islam Amjad, an Urdu poet, drama writer and lyricist from Pakistan.
According to Amjad, the use of technology can be used to create space, which could be used for propagating the language, and thus enable the future generation to relate to it.
Amjad was one of the many poets from India, Pakistan, Canada, the US and Dubai who participated in the 18th edition of the Jashn-e-Bahar, one of the country’s biggest unofficial mushaira.
“Urdu is growing at a very fast pace. But Urdu script is shrinking at an alarming rate and it needs to be preserved. Urdu script is like a seed and the language can only be protected if the script is protected,” says Amjad.
The poet said there was a diminished interaction of the new generation with the Urdu language and pointed out that usually a language gradually fades out of existence once the existence of the script ends. “The new generation’s interaction with Urdu is reducing. This new generation is the future audience and it is required that they get proper training. So we need to decide on how to protect the script. To preserve the script, it is required that the script must be made technology friendly,” he says.
“People are going for courses in Japanese because it boosts their career, we need to make Urdu technology friendly people start seeing Urdu as a way to boost their career too,” he says.