New Delhi: In order to spread Urdu language among the masses, a campaign called, Urdu Heritage Caravan, was launched on Wednesday. Chairman of Press Council of India, Markandey Katju, announced this at a function organised at India International Centre.

Jagran group’s Urdu news daily, Inquilab, was conferred with Dr Kailash Nath Katju Award on this occasion for promoting Urdu language.

Kapil Sibal, Union HRD Minister, presented a citation to Sanjay Gupta, CEO-cum-editor of Dainik Jagran Group. The speakers present on the occasion also appreciated the efforts of Inquilab in ensuring the reach of Urdu language to the people. They said that publication of Urdu newspaper by Jagran group symbolises the significance of this language for the society.

Emerging Urdu poet Ajeem Nabeel was conferred with Firaq Gorakhpuri Award whereas Akthar Azad from Jharkhand received Saadat Hasan Manto Award on this occasion.

Underlining the importance of this language, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said that reach of Urdu is not confined to any particular religion or caste. He said that Urdu is a language of common people. He appreciated the initiative to launch Urdu Heritage Caravan for its promotion. He emphasised on making this language able to earn livelihood for the people.

Speaking on this occasion Justice Markandey Katju said, “Urdu and Sanskrit are two main languages of India.”

The Urdu Heritage Caravan will pass through prominent centers of Urdu language- Hyderabad, Mumbai and Lucknow. This mission is being assisted by Delhi Urdu Academy. After this, a Sanskrit mission on the same line will be launched.

The event was marked by the presence of Rajiv Shukla, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, and German Ambassador to India, Michael Steiner.

(Agencies)

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