Urdu. The language of our dreams. The language of our jokes. The language that unites each one of us despite the cultural and traditional differences we come along with. The language that we call ours. No matter how fluent we are in English, the ‘Yaaaar’ is enough to speak for our irritatedness. Our parents’ scolding is considered important if it is in Urdu and so is our grandparents’ stories. And this is what defines the beauty of our life.
The Urdu language is a Lashkaari language. It is a variant of Hindustani that evolved from the 6th century up to the 13th century from a form of Apabhraṃśa that came from the Shauraseni language. The latter is a Middle Indo-Aryan language from which other languages such as the Punjabi dialects came from.About 75% of Urdu words and 90% of verbs have roots from Prakrit and Sanskrit. The Persian language was heavily influential in the development of Urdu, with some help from Arabic. This shows the diverse origin of the language. It binds different countries, different cultures and different people.
Urdu is an important part of our lives. It’s the essence of our nationality. It helps connect us to our forefathers and the events of the past. Anywhere we go around the world, we can connect back to our motherland with this language. It helps us stay in contact with people of similar origin and undermines provincial prejudices.
Urdu is the bindng force of the people of Pakistan. So why do we consider urdu speaking people mediocre? Why are those who are not fluent in English thought of as weak and non progressive. This influence from the western world does not only break the power of our community but also make others disrespect us. While growth and learning are a crucial part of life and should be inculcated in all stages of life, one should not prioritise it over their culture and language. While the social media has taken over power and English has become the medium of commiunication, it is imperative to keep Urdu alive. This is possible by uplifting the poetry, urdughazals and stories and bringing it to our younger generations. We should regard the efficiency in Urdu as well while judging the ability of a Pakistan person. Learning a new language is known to be mind triggering and sharping and learning new words and sentences is a beneficial exercise for the brain. Neuroscientists have proved that the graphic structure and sound system that are unique to the Urdu language activates the front part of the brain. This helps improve your analytical skills and heighten your capacity for making decisions. Thus, we should start learning and using the language.
A poet once said so beautifully,
‘Baat karne ka haseen torr tareeqa seekha,
hum ne Urdu ke bahane se saleeka seekha’
These words describe how urdu language trains us in making our lives better. This language is our identity and even if we disregard it, it will stay so. So why don’t we embrace it proudly? This beautiful language is native to a 100 million people from around the world. No matter where the citizens reside around the globe, Urdu brings back the patriotism and love for their country.
What can we do as a society to empower the language and increase its use?
- The next step is to take pride in the language and try to converse in it with those around us.
- We should try to hear and read stories of the past to create attachment to it.
- Initiate events that present role plays and writings in Urdu.
- Read and work for urdu magazines
- Go over the famous poetry of Allama Iqbal and other poets to understand the hidden concepts and ideas.
Now is the time to bring about this change. Urdu is the basis of our culture and that is being undermined. In the hustle of the world, it is seen as an unimportant part of our lives, however, it is what defines us and our relationship to our past. And so, it is the responsibility of the youth of Pakistan to take charge and bring about a revival, because
Urdu hai jiska naam hum hee jaante hain daag
Saarey jahan mein dhoom hamari zaban ki hai