ALLAHABAD: It is imperative that the Urdu language be made compulsory in the state for it to be survive the changing times. This opinion was expressed by numerous speakers in a seminar `Urdu and the government's attitude' held at Kareli on Sunday, under the auspices of Urdu Development Organisation. Zubair Farooqui, senior journalist, said, "The state government has persistently adopted anti-Urdu policy, despite the language being given the status of a second language way back in 1989. None of the ruling parties in the past several years took the step of making the language compulsory.'' "Even the Central government has adopted a dilly-dallying approach in recognising the Urdu language as a regional language, though it has been given the status of the second language in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Delhi,'' he lamented. A A Kalim claimed that as the state government does not recognise the institutions imparting education in Urdu language, therefore there is not a single intermediate college where medium of instruction is Urdu. Earlier, national president of Urdu Development Organisation, Akhtar Churiwala welcomed all the guests. The seminar was conducted by Bakhtiyar Yusuf. Other speakers who spoke on the occasion included Hashim Abdullah, Nasim Ahmad, Mushtaq Aamir, Owais Ahmad, Atiq Ibrahim, Khawaja Javed Akhtar and others. @Mad Indian @Rashna @maomao @Sakal Gharelu Ustad @OneGrimPilgrim @PredictablyMalicious http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...nguage-in-UP/articleshow/8915935.cms?from=mdr Get ready for Urdu compulsory by Mullah-i-am in 2017 state elections.